The Jets are strapped for cash, are the wolves starting to circle?
General manager Mike Maccagnan has been hesitant to give Muhammad Wilkerson a long term contract for what will constitute two years now.
Wilkerson has played out his final year of his rookie contract in 2015 posting a career high of 12 sacks.
The cash strapped Jets who were outbid for the services of Damon “snacks” Harrison by that other New York football team, were financially forced to franchise tag Wilkerson.
While he’s set to earn a salary at just over $15 million for 2016, last season was the right time to lock him up.
Did Mike Maccagnan blunder this one or does he have an answer no one else sees? The Jets have no money to make moves of any significance, and can’t even freely re-signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Could they, Would they, survive without Wilkerson and maintain their defensive prowess? Is a trade in his future for draft picks?
The New York Daily News spoke to the subject of trading Wilkerson for Mike Glennon; in their Jets’ mailbag.
New York Jets’ beat reporter Manish Mehta:
I’ve said it before and will say it again: Mike Maccagnan would be the happiest man on Earth if he could trade Wilkerson for, say, a Top 15 pick in the upcoming draft. He would no longer need his beloved coffee to get through the day: He would be on a natural rush for weeks, months or maybe even years.
Is he right right? Trading Muhammad Wilkerson has the potential to be a cash, draft pick bonanza for the team.
Any deal would require multiple draft picks. The Jets would clear up some money under the salary cap.
According to Spotrac, they are currently over the salary cap. The Jets need money as badly as any team ever has.
Rich Cimini’ thoughts on the subject:
I spoke to officials from four different teams at the owners meetings, and they all said they’d be surprised if the Jets execute a tag-and-trade with Muhammad Wilkerson. “Next to impossible” was how one official described the chances of a deal happening. It’s not because teams doubt Wilkerson’s ability; it’s the price.
Any team that trades for the Pro Bowl defensive end would have to pay the player (figure at least $50 million in guarantees) and compensate the Jets. The consensus is that anything less than a first-round pick would be highway robbery.
What say you, the Jets Fans?
New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows James is the host of OneJetDrive on Blogtalk radio, OneJetDrive Facebook Group and page As well as mixlr. A former U.S. Marine. Semper Fi.