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Muhammad Wilkerson Having Issues Showing Up on Time

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson “has regularly shown up late to team’s morning meetings” this season according to Connor Hughes of NJ Advance Media.

And sometimes he does not show up at all. Wilkerson was handed a five-year, $86 million deal in July 2016, and he has since responded with a dreadful 2016 and up-and-down 2017 after previously being one of the best players at his position. Injuries have played a part but the Jets have to be wondering if he has simply mailed in his performance since landing the big payday. The coaching staff benched him for the first quarter of the Week 13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and he has been fined repeatedly for tardiness.

Now 28 years old, Wilkerson’s 2018 salary of $16.75 million doesn’t become guaranteed until the third day of the new league year in March. If the Jets cut Wilkerson before that guarantee kicks in, they would create $11 million in salary cap space, though they’d have to eat $9 million in dead money next season. Wilkerson’s cap hit if he remains with the Jets in 2018 would be $20 million.

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