The Jets have reportedly signed defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year deal according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Contract details have not yet been made available but Rapoport reports that the deal is worth $17 million annually. This has to go down as one of the major shockers of the entire offseason as there have been reports for months that there had been no progress made on a contract extension and no apparent ongoing negotiations. Wilkerson stayed far away from OTAs and minicamp and had made it clear that he intended to hold out of training camp as long as he did not have a longterm deal. And there have been rumors, especially around the time of the draft in May, that the Jets had Wilkerson on the trading block.
That said, there is no doubt this is the right move for the Jets. The 26-year-old Wilkerson, a 2011 first-round pick out of Temple, has been a leader both on an off the field during his five years with the Jets. He is a prolific pass rusher, amassing 12 sacks in 2015 alone, and has been an extremely durable player who has missed only three games due to injury his entire NFL career.
If the Jets can pull a rabbit out of a hat at the last minute with Mo Wilkerson, can Ryan Fitzpatrick be far behind? And will they still have enough money and cap space left to sign him?