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Jets plan to exercise option on Mo Wilkerson

Jets plan to exercise option on Mo Wilkerson

According to Manish Mehta, the New York Jets and star defensive player Mo Wilkerson are apparently not close to signing a long term deal.  The source states that the Jets will exercise  a fifth-year option on Wilkerson’s contract before the May 3 deadline in the new collective bargaining agreement.

The Jets have opened the lines of communication with Mo Wilkerson, but the anchor of Rex Ryan’s defense may still have to wait for his big payday.

The Jets have had recent discussions with the All-Pro defensive lineman’s camp about his future, but no new long-term deal is on the horizon, according to a team source.

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.

Per NYDN

My Take

So here is my take on the situation.  Mo Wilkerson said last month that he has no intention of holding out this year for a new contract.  So Mo, being the team player that he is, might have hurt himself knowing the Jets have leverage knowing he wasn’t going to hold out.

Another theory is that Mo is waiting to see what the market will be for Texans DE JJ Watt.  In any case, Mo will be in camp making a decent salary this season.

It obviously will be important for the Jets to lock up Mo to a long term agreement at the end of this season if nothing can get done this year.

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