Jason LaCanfora reports Muhammad Wilkerson will not be attending Jets offseason workouts.
Jets star defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will not report for the start of the first offseason program under new coach Todd Bowles on Monday, according to sources.
It is unclear if he intends to take part in any offseason work with the club. Wilkerson, considered by many to be the Jets' best player, and one who has yet to make considerable money on his rookie contract, is due to make roughly $7M in 2015 on a fifth-year option. He's seeking a new deal in line with his production.
This is all part of the leverage game. It is not uncommon when a player is seeking a new deal to see something like this happen. The Wilkerson camp wants a new contract, but the options are limited with Mo under contract in 2015.
It is in everybody's interest to get Wilkerson extended before the season starts so this news does not merit panic.