New York Jets Finally Give Muhammad Wilkerson the Reward He Deserves

July 15, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For most of the 2016 offseason, the New York Jets and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson were like two siblings engaged in a bitter dispute. Both had retreated to their respective rooms and scrawled “KEEP OUT!” on a hastily made sign that was then stuck to the door with an angry thud.
It seemed the Jets had also added a second sign that read “NO WILKERSONS ALLOWED!” while attempting to do a delicate salary-cap dance.
But deadlines have a funny way of toying with the human mind as pivotal decisions draw near. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan surely saw Friday’s deadline to sign franchise-tagged players crawling closer and realized a team-altering mistake was looming.
One of the best and most versatile defensive linemen the NFL has to offer was under his control. Sure, the Jets had drafted a safety net in the form of Leonard Williams in 2015, and he would have far exceeded the average next man up if Wilkerson sat out regular-season games.

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