Jets to meet with Muhammad Wilkerson’s agent

The New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan is scheduled to meet with the agent for defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson at the combine in Indianapolis (ESPN, Feb. 17).

Wilkerson is entering the final year of his contract and is due to earn $6.96 million in 2015. The Jets have made it clear they’d like to lock Wilkerson into a long-term deal, and with close to $50 million in cap room, they have plenty of space to work with. Though former GM John Idzik was unable to get it done last season, as both sides failed to come close to an agreement.

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The Jets have the time and resources to do the right thing in locking up the team’s best player to a long-term deal this year.  We would like to see the Jets settle any contract talks with the face of the franchise before the start of training camp, if not the start of free agency.

Chris Johnson thought he’d get more playing time

Chris Johnson will become a free agent on March 10 after the Jets declined to pick up his option on Monday, but that might not be bad news for the running back who felt he was slighted his fair share of playing time last season (Post, Feb. 16).

Johnson split carries last season with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, which is something the team said they would do from the start of the season – though Johnson believed he would have a bigger role.

“Basically, it was a situation where I was going there to be the guy or whatever,” Johnson said Monday. “It was still said, yeah, both guys [Johnson and Ivory] were going to get playing time. I think it was like after the [third] game or something like that, it just switched over and I started getting less and less playing time, and not knowing where it came from.”

It may have come from his performance on the field, rushing for a career-low 663 yards on 155 carries in his only season with the Jets. But Johnson doesn’t blame his lack of playing time on former coach Rex Ryan.

“Throughout the whole thing, I think last year, with that organization, I think a lot of the stuff was out of Rex’s hands,” Johnson said. “A lot of the things that we were doing, I think it was out of Rex’s hands. Don’t nobody know but it was a [bad] situation.”

BGA: Scouting Keith Lewis


In between now and the start of free agency, we’ll be taking a look at some of the players the Jets added to their roster since the end of the regular season. Last week, we kicked things off with a look at 6’9″ offensive tackle Sean Hooey. Today, we’re looking at cornerback Keith Lewis.

The 25-year old Lewis was signed to the Jets practice squad in December and added to the roster via a futures contract at the end of the regular season. He was an undrafted small school prospect out of the Virginia University of Lynchburg and attended camp with the Tampa Bay Bucs, for whom he also made four appearances in preseason. Lewis is listed at 6’1″ and 190 on the Jets Official Site.

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