The New York Jets have actually had a promising off-season for once, and fans of the Mean Green are feeling optimistic ahead of what should be a very tight race for the AFC East division.
The Jets brought in the strong-armed Bryce Petty to compete for the quarterback job, while also getting some new offensive weapons by trading for Brandon Marshall and drafting Devin Smith in the second round.
New York also gave their already-imposing defensive line a boost by somehow managing to get Leonard Williams, arguably the best football player in the entire draft. But that D-Line isn't entirely safe, with one current star in a state of contract confusion.
According to a report from Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Jets owner Woody Johnson didn’t sound optimistic when it came to talking about a long-term deal for defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
“We’re continuing to have dialogue sporadically, but it’s got to be something that works for both sides,” Johnson said. “If something works out that’s agreeable to both sides, it’ll get done. If not, …”
The Jets recently picked up the fifth year of Wilkerson’s rookie contract, and the All-Pro defensive tackle is upset that he hasn’t gotten a long-term deal which would pay him more than the $6million he is set to get in 2015.
The 25-year old has skipped the Jets’ offseason workouts in protest and did not attend the opening of their OTA's in which both veterans and rookies take part.
And that wasn’t necessarily a big deal until the Jets used their first-rounder on Williams out of Southern California, effectively giving them a ready made replacement for Wilkerson if the contract situation ever came to an impasse. That time may be now.
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