Jets, Muhammad Wilkerson expected to work on extension soon

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson are expected to start talking about a contract extension since next season will be the final year of his rookie deal.

In a few months, the Jets and Wilkerson will be talking contract. He has only one year remaining on his rookie deal, and the team almost certainly will try to lock him up next offseason with a long-term deal — probably the first mega-contract of the John Idzik era. The franchise-tag amount this year for a defensive end is $11.2 million, so that should provide a basic idea of how much of a yearly average we’re talking about.

Wilkerson claims he’s not thinking about the mega contract that awaits him.

“I’m from New Jersey and, just being here these three years, it’s been great for me,” he said. “I’m happy here. I definitely plan on hopefully being a Jet for life.”

Wilkerson was a monster on Monday night against the Falcons and is clearly the Jets best defensive player and you could even argue their best overall player.