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Muhammad Willkerson Contract: Jets Reportedly Will Exercise Fifth Year Option


The Daily News reports the Jets will exercise their fifth year option on Muhammad Wilkerson rather than reach an immediate extension.

The Jets plan on exercising a fifth-year option on Wilkerson’s contract before the May 3 deadline in the new collective bargaining agreement, the source said. Although the organization has yet to convey concrete plans to Wilkerson, the team source said that it has been made abundantly clear that the Jets will prioritize free agency and the draft over the next two months.

This would be the right move. The timing for an extension really does not make sense. By exercising the option, the Jets will keep Wilkerson under team control through 2015. His contract will be minimal in 2014 and between $5 and $6 million in 2015, great value for an All Pro type performer. The Jets will have plenty of time to work something out long-term with the defensive lineman.