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Mo, Mo, Mo…Wilkerson Gives Jets Early Christmas Gift

Mo, Mo, Mo…Wilkerson Gives Jets Early Christmas Gift

The Jets gave Wilkerson a huge contract extension not so long ago and since then, he's tremendously regressed both on and off the field. Soon, it could be over. "If that's what he wants to do, I can see him being an excellent coach when he's done playing". He'll be a player-coach this weekend against the Saints.

"I'm just worrying about the guys I'm coaching". "I'm not anxious about Mo right now". He was late to a team meeting Friday morning, a source told ESPN.

For a franchise that shed big names with big salaries during the past year while trying to change the culture around the team, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Jets cut Wilkerson in the offseason. That underwhelming performance has led to speculation the Jets will cut him after the season, a move that would free up salary space. Since signing a five-year, $86 million contract in July 2016, he has produced only eight sacks in 28 games. It's not clear if that's also the reason for this decision, but Bowles said that Wilkerson and linebacker Darron Lee, who was inactive for the K.C. game, would have to earn trust back.

Wilkerson's brief benching during the team's win over the Chiefs was the third time in as many years that he's been disciplined for tardiness and the issue has been a chronic one.




Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson celebrates a tackle against running back Tevin Coleman of the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on October 29, 2017. Last year, he famously missed a walkthrough that included a get-together in a defensive meeting room to celebrate his 27th birthday with a cake.

The 28-year-old Wilkerson is the Jets' fourth-leading tackler with 59 overall and is second in sacks with 3 1/2. For a veteran of seven years in the National Football League, this has been a habitual problem for the past three seasons now.

Ralph Vacchiano of SNY TV reported a source said Wilkerson was "very late" to practice Friday, prompting the punishment, and that it might be for more than one game.

Due to being late once again, for whatever reason it was, head coach Todd Bowles made a decision to bench him for this Sunday's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

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