24-Year-Old Defensive End – New York Jets
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
It looked like the Jets got themselves a steal when they drafted Wilkerson with the 30th overall pick in 2011, but few would have guessed he'd be quite as good as he is today. He won't turn 25 until O...
Muhammad Wilkerson Contract Information:
Signed by the Jets in July of 2011 -- four-year deal with an option for a fifth year.
Wilkerson suffered a knee injury during Monday's game against the Bears, but the issue isn't thought to be serious, FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports.
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Muhammad Wilkerson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Wilkerson smacked a Packer in the helmet at the end of a successful two-point conversion play in the third quarter. It doesn't seems like something that will warrant a suspension, but it certainly didn't help the Jets' chances to stave off Green Bay's rally. Wilkerson wasn't credited with any stats in Sunday's game, after recording three tackles (one solo) and two pass defenses in the opener.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Jets held the Raiders to 25 yards rushing last week on a mere 1.7 yards per carry, with Wilkerson's effort on the defensive line a big part of that. Wilkerson recorded just three tackles in Week 1, but he's coming off a 2013 campaign in which he recorded 63 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The fifth-year option is a tough decision in some cases, but it's an obvious choice when you nail a first-round pick to this degree. As one of the better interior defensive linemen in the NFL, Wilkerson is worth far more than the option would pay him. In all likelihood, he and the Jets will agree to a multi-year extension either this offseason (most likely) or next. Wilkerson, along with Houston's J.J. Watt and perhaps a couple others, is one of the few 3-4 linemen who warrants IDP consideration outside of the deepest of leagues.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The star defensive lineman will be entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, but the Jets have until May 3 to exercise a fifth-year option at approximately $6 million, which looks like a huge bargain for a player of Wilkerson's caliber. As a former No. 30 overall pick, Wilkerson is scheduled to make approximately $1.31 million in 2014, while on the open market he'd almost certainly command more than $10 million per season. He's probably one of the five best interior linemen in the game, and it won't be surprising if he signs a long-term extension this offseason. The Jets surely have no desire to break up the destructive interior pairing of Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, a duo that should be tormenting the league for years to come. Not only does Wilkerson dominate opposing offensive linemen, but he's also the rare 3-4 defensive end capable of piling up stats. After compiling 69 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2012, he finished 2013 with 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 2011 first-round pick is arguably the top player on the Jets' defense given the offseason departures of Bart Scott and Darrelle Revis. He's an elite run-stopper and recorded 69 tackles and five sacks. If he can avoid injury, the 23-year-old Wilkerson could be poised for his Pro Bowl season.
Like Quinton Coples, Wilkerson is talented enough to push for IDP relevance despite playing in a three-man front. With the arrival of Coples, moreover, any worry Wilkerson might have had about seeing disproportionate attention from opposing blocking schemes is mostly relieved. In any case, he finished his 2010 rookie season with 49 tackles (35 solo), three sacks, one safety and a forced fumble. A naturally strong player with good athleticism for his size, Wilkerson should improve on his rookie numbers in 2012.
After the departure of Shaun Ellis in free agency, Wilkerson is slated to start right away and the Jets are expecting him to immediately contribute to their pass rush. He could be worth an IDP look depending on how training camp and the preseason works out