New York Jets have plenty of issues to solve this offseason before the 2015 NFL season begins.
One of the biggest issues the Jets face is working out who their starting quarterback should be. NFL experts in New York agree that Geno Smith will win out, but he will face stiff competition from new signing Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Bryce Petty.
But it is not just the quarterback battle in New York that the Jets have to sort out, there are also contract issues aplenty in the Big Apple.
Star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is the man that the Jets need to re-sign, but currently the AFC East team and Wilkerson are yet to agree on new terms.
Wilkerson is very keen to talk about a new deal, and the dominant defensive star even tweeted about New Orleans Saints' Cameron Jordan's new contract on Wednesday, with the tweet suggesting that he thinks he is due a similar amount.
Nonetheless, the Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan believes now is not the right time to engage in contract discussions with Wilkerson.
“It’s going to be a process,” Maccagnan said, according to reports. “We’re just going to see. I don’t really want to put a timeline on anything. I’m just going to see how this plays out in the near future. I would hope [to get an extension done] at some point in time.”
Should the Jets re-sign him
It seems that the Jets are reluctant to use up a huge sum of money on a player that could easily lose his prominence. There is no doubt that Wilkerson is one of the best players on the Jets defense, but rookie and first round pick Leonard Williams has the potential to be just as good.
It remains to be seen whether the Jets offer Wilkerson another contract anytime soon, with the defensive end set to earn a base salary of $6,969,000 during the 2015 season.
The good news for Jets fans is that Wilkerson will turn up at the Jets' minicamp next week, which at least means this issue won't be a major distraction throughout training camp.