The Jets’ star DE Muhammad Wilkerson acknowledges that he is underpaid, but is in no hurry to get a new deal done quickly.
DE Muhammad Wilkerson was Second Team All-Pro in 2013 after posting a career high 10.5 sacks. At a base pay of $1.2 million on his rookie contract’s salary, Wilkerson has more than outplayed his current contract.
“Do I feel that I’m underpaid right now? Yeah,” Wilkerson told the New York Daily News. “But that’s part of the business. My time will come when I get a new contract. But right now I’m just worried about becoming a better player, a better teammate and a better leader.”
The Jets exercised their 5th year option on Wilkerson to keep him under contract through 2015, but have not yet made headway on an extension.
“We recognize that Mo is a huge part of who we are in building our team,” HC Rex Ryan said. “John (Idzik) will tell you that. Everybody in this organization will tell you the kind of person Mo is…”
Wilkerson’s 10.5 sacks in 2013 were the most of any Jet since Rex Ryan took over for the team in 2009 and the most of any Jet since Shaun Ellis’ 11.0 in 2004.