This man is as good as gone in the offseason.
There's a fear surrounding guaranteed contracts in the NFL-- you never know when a guy is just going to collect his paycheck, "get fat," as they say, and put in little to no effort. That's easy to do if you're a defensive lineman, of course. Those guys need to keep their weight up.
That fear has turned into reality for the Jets, unfortunately. They clearly wasted their money on defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who now appears to have been suspended by the team. He was left behind when the team left town for its Week 15 date with New Orleans.
BREAKING: Muhammad Wilkerson told to stay home by Jets for trip to New Orleans https://t.co/FDVn6IG6X6— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) December 15, 2017
Wilkerson has broken several team rules recently, and was even suspended for the first quarter of a game a few weeks back for being late to a team meeting. There's no word on why he didn't travel with the team this time, but we know it's not injury-related.
Mo is in the second season of a five-year, $86 million contract with New York. He signed that deal after a 12-sack campaign in 2015 that earned him a Pro Bowl nod but ended with a broken leg in the final game of the season.
He's played like utter garbage since signing the big contract, ignoring team rules and gaining a lot of weight. He was particularly awful last season, and while there's been some improvement this year, he's still quite possibly the most overpaid defender in the NFL.
There's no chance Muhammad Wilkerson plays for the #Jets next year. The question now is if he will again this year. Don't see why he should. On top of being unproductive, he's become a locker room cancer. Such a waste of talent and money.— Gary Phillips (@GaryHPhillips) December 15, 2017
Wilkerson will likely be cut after the year is through. The Jets would rather pay him $9 million not to play than $16 million to keep him around. He'd also carry a $20 million cap hit, meaning they'd save $11 million by cutting him.
He's not worth keeping around at any price if he doesn't want to follow the rules. End of story.