Wilkerson, 25, skipped all of the voluntary workouts this offseason with the Jets as he attempted to work out a long-term deal. However, he did attend mandatory minicamp in June.
“I’m very confident, hopefully things will work out with myself and my agent and those guys get something worked out,” Wilkerson said in June. “If I have to play under my contract, then so be it.”
Wilkerson did add he was frustrated by the progress, or lack there of, being made.
“I am frustrated, yeah,” Wilkerson added at the time. “I thought that a deal would be made, but at the end of the day, it’s a business and these things take time.”
This is no surprise that Mo would show up despite the market being set with players like Corey Liuget and Cameron Heyward recently getting sizeable contracts. Digging in Wilkerson's heels now won't work and at this juncture seems opposite his nature. It could very well be that the team and Wilkerson's agents are working hard at hammering out a deal before a down is played this season. Should Wilkerson not get a deal done before the start of the season? Then with Sheldon Richardson suspended Wilkerson will get four games to soak up the stats and potentially force the team's hand in the coming offseason. Should no deal get done before the end of the 2015 season, the next worrisome date would be the franchise tag deadline in late February.
To learn more about the Muhammad Wilkerson contract situation, listen to Corey and Brian discuss Wilkerson with NFL agent Howard Shatsky and Michael Ginntti of Sportrac on the latest in-depth episode about the topic on TheJetsBlog podcast.