Another big name hits the open market.
The New York Jets have been paving the way for some massive changes this offseason. They traded Sheldon Richardson to the Seahawks last offseason, are looking at acquiring a new QB this year via the open market, and now a move that was certainly a long time coming.
According to reports, the team has released veteran defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, allowing him to test the open market this offseason.
Update: Jets now have informed DL Mo Wilkerson of his release, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2018
Despite the off-field concerns, this remains a big decision for the Jets.
After showing up late to numerous meetings and showing an overall lack of effort, the team made him inactive for the final three weeks of last season. Now, they've released their former Pro Bowl lineman to make things easier.
Had Wilkerson's contract not been so large, the team likely would have looked to trade him this offseason instead. But with a three years left of an $86 million deal, the team would have been hard pressed to find a suitor.
The #Jets released DL Muhammad Wilkerson two years into a 5-year, $86M contract. The team knew there was an out after two years and took it. He made $36.8M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2018
With so much talent, Wilkerson will likely find himself on another roster soon, this time on a much more team-friendly deal.
That's just business.