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Jets Release Former First-Round Pick DE Muhammad Wilkerson

The Jets are in the process of releasing defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Wilkerson, the No.30-overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Temple, earned second-team All-Pro honors in 2013 and 2015 before signing a five-year, $86 million deal in July 2016.

Unfortunately, once he got his big payday his attitude and level of played cratered. Wilkerson was chronically late for meetings, displayed a lackadaisical effort on the field, and was unable to stay out of the trainers’ room. The Jets suspended him for one game in December and rumors were rampant that the team had decided to jettison him as soon as the season was over. The move saves the Jets $11 million versus the salary cap and rids the team of a major locker room cancer.

On the positive side, Wilkerson is still only 28 years old and has a wealth of physical talent if he can get his head on straight. There will likely be several teams interested in his services but at far less money than he was set to make in 2018. And teams may be extremely leery of committing any longterm money.

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