We have known for a while that Muhammad Wilkerson is unhappy with his inability to secure a long-term contract from the Jets. He opened up in an interview with Brian Costello with some explosive quotes.
“It’s shocking. It’s frustrating,” Wilkerson told The Post in an exclusive interview. “Because I feel like I’ve earned it and I deserve it. It would be different if I was just a mediocre player. I feel like each and every week I’m dominating and it’s showing. The stats speak for themselves. Basically, what more do I need to do? You know what I mean?”
“Do I feel that they want me back? As of right now, no. I don’t feel like they want me,” Wilkerson said in his first public comments since last season
We have heard little from either side during this contract standoff. What little we have heard indicates that the Jets have done little to pursue a long-term deal with their star defensive lineman.
In situations like this, it tends to not be difficult to mend fences if both sides want that. A player who is upset he does not have a big contract tends to forgive the team if he actually gets a big contract. There isn't any indication the Jets view Wilkerson as part of their big picture plans, though. The weird thing is that they also haven't shown much interest in trading him (at least from what we have heard).
Either way, my guess right now is Wilkerson's final season with the Jets will be 2016.