According to multiple reports, New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has yet to make a decision on if he will attend the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp next week. If Wilkerson does not attend, he will be subject to a team fine.
The news of Wilkerson’s uncertaintywas reported to The Star-Ledger by agent Chad Wiestling.
“We have yet to decide whether to attend or not,” Wiestling told The Star-Ledger.
Wilkerson, 25, is playing on the final year of his rookie deal and has been a no-show throughout the voluntary portion of New York’s offseason program. The 2011 first-round pick has been vocal about wanting a new deal, especially after seeing fellow 2011 draftee Cameron Jordan receive a max deal by the New Orleans Saints.
On June 2, New Orleans awarded Jordan a five-year extension worth $60 million with $34 million of it guaranteed.
While Wilkerson’s absences from New York’s voluntary practices come with no financial repercussion, missing a mandatory minicamp carries with it a price tag. A player who misses one day of minicamp may be fined up to $10,500. If that player misses a second day, it’s another $21,000. If the player misses the third practice, he can be fined $31,500.
So, if Wilkerson were to skip New York’s entire three-day camp, the defensive lineman could be fined $63,000 by the Jets.
During his five-year NFL career, Wilkerson has established himself as one of the game’s best interior defensive lineman. In 2013, he recorded 63 tackles and a career-high 10.5 sacks. Last year, while dealing with a turf toe injury, Wilkerson recorded 55 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 13 games.
New York’s minicamp begins June 9.