Wilkerson: “I’m not going to hold out”

Kudos to Kristian Dyer from the Metro for obtaining the following comments from all-pro defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. Dyer asked Wilkerson about the recent chatter surrounding the possibility of him holding out and Wilkerson’s response could not have been much more emphatic:

[All] that holdout and all that other talk that people were saying and everything – I never said anything like that. I’m not going to hold out … It’s not something I want; it’s not something I’m thinking about. I’m going to show up like everybody else and do what I’m told.

Wilkerson effectively has two years left on his rookie deal because the Jets can exercise an option before the start of the 2014 league year to ensure he is under contract through 2015. Under the new CBA rules, no draft pick is permitted to renegotiate their contract until after their third season.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

You may or may not have caught wind of the buzz surrounding the possibility of an contract dispute between the Jets and Wilkerson, but we’ve considered it all to be media-created and speculative at best to this point, so have chosen to focus on more newsworthy reports. This would appear to be an approach which Wilkerson’s comments confirm was justified.

Just to bring you up to date, the initial buzz consisted of a Rich Cimini article within which he stated that “Some in the industry believe Wilkerson, who has outperformed his rookie contract, should play hardball and stage a training camp holdout, if necessary.” It doesn’t take a genius to work out who that “Someone in the industry is” and I think most Jets fans would agree that they should probably mind their own business. That was followed a few days later by a report from Brian Costello which jumped to the conclusion that because fellow 2011 first-rounder Patrick Peterson had refused to rule out a holdout, Wilkerson might do the same.

We are certainly pleased to see Wilkerson head this off at the pass, to say the least. There is also a quote in Kristian’s article where Wilkerson says he wants to be a Jet for life and that suits us just fine.

I previously wrote in detail about the possible timing of a Wilkerson extension and the effect of the 5th year option here.




50 comments
Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

someone in the industry == an anonymous GM == an NFL scout == Rich Cimini 



marcus81
marcus81

said it before, Jets could trade him for a very good pick or player, won't be able to keep Richardson and Coples a few years from now either, the defense will still be good and Jets would have the option to improve and area of need with another good player if they where to make the right trade

bradysucks
bradysucks

I woudn't blame him if he held out. He has SO SO outperformed his contract it is a joke. The Jets should extend him. They won't though.....not this year,,,,,If he gets injured then he's screwed....Big Mo may not be all about the money but Idzik and Woody are. They are running a "business"....


I love surprises......Maybe the Jets will surprise me and do the right thing and give this guy an extension..........(holding my breath)

mettle
mettle

That's why Mo t.is the leader of this team, and why the Jets will extend his contract

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

I'm just glad Rex isn't talking Wilk up like the second coming like he did with Revis and blowing his ego up to insane levels

bob
bob

Could say it all starts up front o the d-line with big Mo.

dennisb
dennisb

"the initial buzz consisted of a Rich Cimini article"  That tells you everything you need to know to decide if the story has any credibility.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Why would he, he is playing football in the NFL for a coach he loves, with his best friend (coples)

kniff
kniff

After the pain of losing Abraham and later on Revis,(both of which were self centered but awesome defensively)  I appreciate Wilk and his straight shooting "Jet for Life" position, and not creating any drama, when we are changing our culture and on an ascending trajectory...

Vinnie Pedi
Vinnie Pedi

I love the man. He knows as long as he doesnt screw the team and hold out the jets will make a significant investment in him and he will get PAID. Patience is still a virtue and it will be rewarded if you work to get better and always stay humble. He and Sheldon will be ruining folks until their late twenties.

And another thing, I havent seen one person mention this. By us moving Coples around, effectively keeping him limited and not specifically focused at a position of comfort, it drives his value down. So when Coples needs to get resigned, he will be paid as a OLB who is just hitting his potential or playing at a great but complimentary level, we wont need to worry about paying three studs 10 million a year. It is smart as hell and I love it.

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

I love it. Wilkerson setting the example for this team in so many ways. No more me-first prima donnas, cutting the legs out from unscrupulous "journalists", and the foundation of the fearsome Jets D for years to come.

levi
levi

Its great that he isnt gonna hold out. It does raise the question of whether Idzik should give him a new contract or not this year. At least Mo has a rookie contract from the 1st round. Think about a guy like Richard Sherman who is playing on a 5th round rookie contract and has out played his contract big time. I brought up Sherman because Idzik comes from Seattle and may follow some of the same practices as them.

williamg1
williamg1

Who am I to believe about the possibility of a Wilkerson holdout?


a) Wilkerson

b) Cimini's "sources"


Not a tough choice. I really wish Rich and Manish nothing but the worst. 



marcus81
marcus81

if he did held out he learned from one of the best

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

And this is why Mo >>>>>>> Revis.


I fully expect them to sign him to a good deal that he deserves when the time is right.

harold
harold

Hey Bent are you on a self imposed ban?

jdb4
jdb4

Cimini and his poison ladle.

harold
harold

The media creating needless speculation based on conjecture, never!!  They simply report the news they don't create it.  If the Jets front office wanted to head this story off they would give Wilkerson a huge extension now.  But they haven't so that means something is up and we are going to get to the bottom of it.

Signed

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JCuratola3
JCuratola3

@marcus81  There is no reason they cant keep all of them. There is no reason they shouldn't keep him he is one of the best defensive players in football. He can be a great jet

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jake100  


and if he gets injured he'll be another Leon Washington......a nice guy who missed out on the $$$$ because he did right by the Jets....

a57se
a57se

@MarshRandy  

It almost sounds like you blame Rex for Revis' holdouts and subsequent departure for more money...

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@bob it's pretty much the only part of our team that's totally immune to criticism bobbo

Vinnie Pedi
Vinnie Pedi

I know its going to do wonders for depth/special teams. Plus we could use a 5th & 6th of our tradeable team picks to move up in the 2nd in case someone good slips. Either way this will be great for the new coordinator.

joemustgo
joemustgo

@Vinnie Pedi  It could also be that they're trying win games by moving Couples around to exploit mismatches.

dennisb
dennisb

@Disgruntled Jets Fan Revis' injury showed he made the right move (for himself) to get what he could when he had the leverage.

williamg1
williamg1

@harold  Cimini's sources say Bent is holding out for a new contract. 

r_in_ct
r_in_ct

@harold Don't forget that the same media will also be first in line to crucify the Jets for giving Wilkerson a giant contract too early, finding some reason to justify that attack, too.

harold
harold

@jake100 @bradysucks


We cannot complain about Wilkerson getting paid.  We want a winner, right?  You need to wait to pay some guys so you can make the additions to build a winning organization.  Extending guys a full two years before F/A is foolish, unless you fill all your other needs first.  If after F/A and the draft we feel pretty good about the overall team and have cap space available, maybe we will entertain it.  But if not we do it when it benefits the team. 


The young man is a tremendous football player, all Jets fans know this.  But if we want to win we need to think logically about building a championship roster first.  The money and extensions will sort themselves out.

harvlis
harvlis

@bradysucks @jake100 A player could get hurt on day one and they know that.  Contracts need to be honored.  Management has to honor contracts, when players have bad years.  Look at what the Yankees are going through with A-Roid.  If you prove your worth, you get paid when it is time for your next contract.  If every player disrupted the team, when they felt they should get a better contract, there would be anarchy.  I loved Revis as a player but, the way he handled his contracts sickened me. Be a man, like Big Mo, and just play ball.  The money will come.  No doubt.

SackDance99
SackDance99

Revis held out as a rookie. It's in his nature because his uncle and advisor, Sean Gilbert, preached to him the value of holding out when, in reality, holding out rarely benefits the player.

dennisb
dennisb

Yeah, I don't think Rex and co. planned their defensive schemes based on how to hold down Coples' contract leverage.

Vinnie Pedi
Vinnie Pedi

Absolutely, from a football stand point thats a huge benefit. But there is also the financial benefit of him learning a new position, putting him in a position that makes less money on average, and staying under the radar, which is my point.

harold
harold

@r_in_ct @harold


Exactly, as I stated above we will sign Wilkerson when the time is right.  If Idzik thinks our needs are met in the draft and F/A and we still have a fair amount of cap space we may get the Extension done this year.  If not it will wait till the time is right.  We have Wilkerson for two more years.  Enjoy him and we will sign him when the time is right.

harold
harold

@bradysucks


The reason for caution is you have holes on your roster now to fill through the draft and F/A.  We will still need to extend the other young players who are coming behind them in 2016 and 2017.  So you sign F/A's now and then when you can cut those guys because your picks and young vets are ready.


You then move on from F/A as a major tool and can go to more of Packers model, where the draft and your own F/A are the priority. I just think your timeline limits the team's immediate future.  My scenario is more balanced with winnning now and in the future by maintaining a flexible cap.

bradysucks
bradysucks

What's their to answer Harold? I disagree with you. The Jets have plenty of draft picks and plenty of money and I would make Wilkerson a priority...You'd delay it. I think extending him makes sense sooner rather than later and I think the Jets can do this and still improve the team...

bradysucks
bradysucks

My very first post on this thread was laced with sarcasm. The whole point is that the Jets have all the leverage and that you are correct as it relates to Wilkerson. My point is that fans are praising Wilkerson for not holding out and in essence putting the team ahead of his own financial freedom in the future. By NFL standards Wilkerson has not made a lot of money thus far and he has been a steal (literally) for the Jets.....Personally I hope he stays healthy so he can get paid. It turns my stomach when guys like Sanchez make millions and disappoint vs guys like Mo who get paid pennies on the dollar in regards to what their true value actually is.

Yes the Jets have the leverage which I expect they will use. Wilkerson will be making less money than other guys in the locker room who aren't as productive and aren't the leaders that he is....We'll see how this plays out

SackDance99
SackDance99

Time really isn't on Mo's side, so how well he performs doesn't change the fact that he is under contract for 2014, the Jets can exercise a $6 million option for 2015 and franchise tag him for 2016. A player needs to get his big guaranteed money as soon as possible. The Jets can delay such money until 2017.

So, I'm with harold on this. The Jets have all the leverage, have to spend their cap money wisely to build a playoff team, and have the time to deal with Mo fairly.

One point on Leon. His agents wildly overvalued him, remember they wanted MJD money for him, and rejected Jet extensions for fair value. Leon rolled the dice, played in his final year and got injured. Then, he ended up getting less money than he would have if he had accepted the Jets extension offer. IMO, his agents committed malpractice. It sounds like Mo has better representation.

harold
harold

@bradysucks@jake100


I don't know if it is comprehension or a need to argue that drives you.


My point is not that failing to sign these guys will cripple the Jets.  I am showing you that you can have these guys and Mo or just Mo.


Is your team better with a top notch Punt returner and a quality NFL WR.  Additionally a top 16 Player at the RT position in the NFL and Mo Wilkerson?


Or with just Mo Wilkerson?


Almost forgot also Mo will cost us 10 -12 million APY no matter when we sign him.  I doubt his price will change much because he goes from 2nd team All Pro to First Team All Pro


Please answer now.  thanks

bradysucks
bradysucks

@harold @jake100 @bradysucks  


You're not really correct. If Big Mo stays healthy in 2014 and has an even better season than he had in 2013 then he becomes much more expensive. The Jets are going to have to re-sign Sheldon Richardson at some point also. If they lock up Mo now while the price is low it makes it that much more realistic that they can keep both Wilkerson and Richardson long term. Those 2 guys are the rocks of gibralter on their defense........and they should start planning now to keep them both in my view.....


Who gives a crap about signing Golden Tate......There are a zillion Golden Tate's to be had in the draft.....He's an average receiver..........Austin Howard is not on the same level of priority as Wilkerson and he is nowhere near the leader in the locker room that Wilkerson is.....


Howard can be re-signed also while still doing right by the best player on the team (Big Mo)

harold
harold

@jake100


You are potentially putting us into cap hell in a couple seasons with this move.  You structure contracts so they come off the books over time.  This scenario you lay out would make it hard to attract guys to the team.


Why you say?  Because in order to stay away from cap hell we would have to structure these contracts in a way where these guys can be cut easily in a season or two.  Most F/A will want contracts where they are likely to see there money over the life of their deal.


We are a re-building team to attract guys our contracts need to be attractive.  If we offer this deal and a contender offers a similar deal or a deal even if lower where the player is likely to see most of their contract we will lose out in the bidding. 


I love Mo, but we are building a team pay the man, but when his time comes.   Not before it.

harold
harold

@jake100 @harold@bradysucks


Even your example of Leon Washington went on to play several more years in the NFL.  I understand where you are coming from but it makes little sense for Idzik who is running the team or a fan to argue for something that is not really a beneficial move for the team.

harold
harold

@bradysucks @harold@jake100


So we give Mo an extension instead of signing Austin Howard and Golden Tate (hypothetical).  Is that a smart move? When you can have all three and extend Mo next year when David Harris comes off the books?


I love Mo would love to extend him.  But he is under contract and we have guys we need to resign and add.  So why would we extend a guy under contract for two more years, when we have these pressing needs in front of us.  Not good business.  Heartwarming, but not smart business.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@harold @jake100 @bradysucks  


My post was more about the Jets and the "business" of the NFL than it was about making Mo into Revis. It's a fine line. Mo doesn't need to have multiple holdouts like Revis and be "greedy" but he also should stand up for himself. The guy has earned a pay raise. I hope he doesn't hold out. I'm just saying that if he did I wouldn't hold it against him. The Jets have shown again and again that they will discard players once they get injured or decrease their pay. 


I think the Jets should be proactive and extend this guy before feelings become bitter. It sends the right message to the locker room. It is obvious that Wilkerson is a team 1st guy.....all the more reason to give him a contract extension this year. 

harold
harold

@jake100 @bradysucks


Mo is happy by all accounts.  You guys say he isn't Revis but you try to make him Revis with this "make him happy" talk.  When he gets his 5 year 50 million extension he will still be very happy.  Mo understands the business.  His payday is right around the corner.


Today, most injuries do not end careers, so Mo will likely get his pay day even if he is injured.  Lastly, he was a first round pick and still will walk away with $7.4 million dollars even if hurt and his career ended.  Feel sorry for guys like Sherman if he is hurt he walks away with peanuts.

harold
harold

@SackDance99


Unfortunately he listened to his uncle and got himself in a bad situation.  He got paid twice by the Jets above market and still complained.  It was sad to see a great player consumed by money when he never got screwed.  He was always paid fairly.