Darryl Slater has an informative report on how quickly Muhammad Wilkerson's contract came together as part of a last minute negotiation.
It started Wednesday night, around 8:30, when the Jets sent a contract offer that finally intrigued Wilkerson's camp. All of the sporadic previous offers over the past 18 months had failed to even approach what Wilkerson wanted. Before Wednesday, the sides were nowhere close. But this? This was a much richer offer.
The negotiation wheels began to turn. The two sides talked sporadically Thursday. Then, around 3:15 a.m. Friday, the Jets sent a new, better offer. Now, the Wilkerson camp was really intrigued. From Friday morning right up until the 4 p.m. deadline, the two sides went back and forth over the telephone.
Mike Maccagnan could have saved us all a lot of stress if he had made this offer sooner, but sometimes a deadline is the best motivation to get things done.
Slater's article is an interesting read. Give it a click.