When it comes to DE Muhammed Wilkerson there is good and bad news for the Jets. The good news is that he just had a very good season. The bad news is that good sesaons often call for big contracts. Thankfully for the Jets there is a bit of a stopgap action for them to be sure that Wilkerson can maintain his success; a team option.
The Jets, like the rest of the teams that choose to pick up the fifth-year option for 2011 first rounders, will almost certainly wait until the May 3 deadline before making the transaction official. Per terms of the CBA, the fifth-year option salary becomes guaranteed for injury as soon it’s exercised, according to a Pro Football Talk report.
If the Jets exercised the option today, for example, they would have to pay Wilkerson’s 2015 salary if he suffered a career-ending injury during offseason workouts next month. Therefore, the prudent and wise course of action would be to wait until the May 3 deadline.-ESPN.com
Wilkerson will earn his money and I’d be shocked if he isn’t signed to a big deal with the Jet’s by this time next season.