"It is a little frustrating, but at the end of the day I am happy to be out here with my teammates and get the season going," Wilkerson said.
The veteran is seeking a big-money, long-term contract, and hopes to work out a new deal with the Jets before the start of the season. If not, he will make $6.97 million and become a free agent - at which point, the Jets could apply the franchise tag.
Wilkerson has racked up 16 sacks over the past two seasons.
Wilkerson has expressed his desire to work out a long-term contract before reporting to training camp, which begins Wednesday. Wilkerson did not attend the team's voluntary offseason program while waiting for a new deal, but he did report to mandatory minicamp in June.
Wilkerson ended speculation that he would hold out by attending minicamp.
"Mo is and always has been a team-first player, and is willing to put the team ahead of his own contractual status," Wiestling said. "Mo loves being a member of the Jets and would prefer to finish his career in New York."
Wilkerson did not participate in previous offseason activities, including OTAs.
Wilkerson added that he was "frustrated" at not landing a new deal, but added his confidence that one will get done.
That would confirm the declaration of teammate Sheldon Richardson, who said he had been told by Wilkerson that he would not hold out due to a contract dispute.
Wilkerson contributed to 56 tackles and added six sacks in just 13 games last season.
|2011||New York Jets||16||49||35.0||14||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2012||New York Jets||16||69||36.0||33||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2013||New York Jets||16||63||43.0||20||10.5||1||6||6.0||6||0||3|
|2014||New York Jets||13||56||31.0||25||6||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
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|2012||New York Jets||16||0||0||3||0||1||21||1||1|
|2013||New York Jets||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||13||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
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