Dominant Jets D-Line Could Actually Hurt Mo Wilkerson’s Future Value

July 11, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When it comes to the defensive line for the New York Jets, the team truly suffers from an embarrassment of riches. Second-year pro Leonard Williams has the makings of a future Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Fourth-year pro Sheldon Richardson trailed only J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans among 3-4 ends at Pro Football Focus in 2014.
And Muhammad Wilkerson may well be better than both of them. One of the best in the NFL at what he does.
He's also a player in a unique situation. He's playing a franchise-tag (and thus contract) year on one of the league's most loaded fronts. Playing well in 2016 might hurt his future—depending on what Wilkerson wants that future to be.
Now, before anyone starts lighting torches or gathering pitchforks, let's get one thing clear right off the bat. This has nothing whatsoever to do with Wilkerson's ability as a football player. Over the past three years, Wilkerson has twice gone over 60 tackles and 10 sacks in a season. Two years...

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