25-Year-Old Defensive End – New York Jets
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Turf toe cost Wilkerson three games last year, but he still posted more than 50 tackles for the third consecutive season, adding six sacks after 10.5 in 2013. In a full season, 70 tackles and double-d...
Muhammad Wilkerson Contract Information:
Signed by the Jets in July of 2011 -- four-year deal with an option for a fifth year.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles does not think Wilkerson's hamstring injury is serious, the Jets' official website reports.
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Muhammad Wilkerson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Wilkerson reported to mandatory minicamp, so it would have been surprising if he held out for the start of training camp. He still wants a new contract, but he'll likely let his agent handle the matter while he prepares for the start of the season. Should the two sides fail to work things out, Wilkerson could later benefit from the expected salary-cap jump next offseason. The Jets probably realize they can save money by signing him now, even if the contract puts him among the highest-paid defensive players in the league.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Wilkerson is looking for a contract extension, and he opted to skip voluntary OTAs. The Jets likely want to keep him around for the long haul, but the team's willingness to hand over a huge contract may have decreased when DE Leonard Williams was selected sixth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Wilkerson doesn't have much incentive to hold out, as even a major injury probably wouldn't prevent him from becoming one of the best-paid players at his position next offseason.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Wilkerson, who is under contract with the Jets for 2015 at a salary of $6.97 million, is looking for a contract extension, an outcome that seems likely down the road, given the team's stated desire to keep the defensive end in the fold. In any case, Wilkerson's presence is not considered mandatory until next month's three-day minicamp. Wilkerson is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 56 tackles and six sacks in 13 games.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)ESPN's Rich Cimini indicates that Wilkerson had a setback in practice last week when someone stepped on his foot, with the defensive lineman's Week 16 status thus remaining cloudy.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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 October, but he's one of the best defenders in the league and probably the best player on the Jets' defense. His success has translated to IDP utility, too, as he has back-to-back seasons with more than 60 tackles, and he broke out for 10.5 sacks in 2013. That sack total might regress a bit, but there's no reason to think he won't make it to 60 tackles for the third consecutive year, and he's yet to miss a game in his three seasons. He's a good high-floor DL1 to pair with a lower-floor, big-play specialist DL2.
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