Jets $17M man Mo Wilkerson’s time in NYC coming to end against Patriots
After contentious contract negotiations, the New York Jets agreed to give defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson a massive contract prior to the 2016 season.
The first-round pick at the 2011 NFL Draft had been one of the most dominant interior linemen in the league leading up to that contract and locking him in along with Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson seemingly gave them the best defensive line in football. However, on Sunday, Wilkerson’s time with the Jets will come to an unceremonious end.
According to a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Wilkerson will be inactive against the New England Patriots in Week 17. It’ll be the second consecutive week that he’s a healthy scratch and it’s a pretty clear indication of the franchise’s intent to move on from him during the offseason.
Wilkerson carries a $20 million salary cap hit in 2018 but the Jets can save $11 million by granting him his release. With Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan given extensions through 2020, it appears the current powers that be for the Jets will continue on which eliminates any possibility that Wilkerson’s job could be saved by a changing of the guard.
The 28-year-old will undoubtedly attract a lot of interest on the open market, but he’ll be taking a significant pay cut next year after his spectacularly expensive (five-year, $85 million) flameout with the Jets.