Wilkerson finished the 2017 season with a career-low 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 13 games.
After signing a huge five-year, $86 million contract in 2016, Wilkerson saw a quick decline in his production, enough so that the Jets are fully ready to move on. Wilkerson was inactive for the last three games of the season, and it would take a significant change of heart for the team to bring him back. It's now all a matter of how they get rid of him, as he's slated to be a $20 million cap hit next season.
Wilkerson (coach's decision) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots, a source informed Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles labeled Wilkerson a game-time decision heading into the season finale, but there was never much reason to think New York would make the defensive end active for the contest. With Wilkerson likely to get cut after the season, the Jets had little to gain by having the 28-year-old suit up Sunday and expose himself to a serious injury that would leave the team on the hook for his $16.75 million salary next season.
Wilkerson will travel to New England on Sunday, but head coach Todd Bowles said the defensive end's status won't be decided until game time, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Given that Wilkerson has worn out his welcome in the locker room and has seen his production nosedive since signing a massive five-year contract in the summer of 2016, it's likely that he'll be released in the offseason. Because the Jets would be on the hook for Wilkerson's $16.75 million salary for 2018 if were to sustain a serious injury in Week 17, it's highly unlikely the team will make him active for the contest. Look for Wilkerson to be included among the Jets' seven inactives when the team releases its list approximately 90 minutes before the 1 p.m. EST kickoff.
Wilkerson will be inactive Sunday against the Chargers in a coach's decision, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
The defensive end has seemingly worn out his welcome in the organization in light of his declining performance the last two seasons, as well as the disruptions he has caused in the locker room. Though Wilkerson returned to practice this week after he failed to make the trip to New Orleans in Week 15, it appears coach Todd Bowles isn't ready to welcome the 28-year-old back into the lineup. Don't be surprised if Wilkerson is held out of the season finale Dec. 31 against the Patriots as the Jets likely prepare to trade or release him in the offseason.
Wilkerson was a full participant in practice Thursday, but still may not play Sunday Connor Hughes of NJ.com reports.
Wilkerson was inactive last week against the Saints after the defensive end continued to show up late to team meetings. It remains unseen if head coach Todd Bowles will let Wilkerson suit up this week or if he will still be sidelined. Look for more updates to come once inactives are released prior to Sunday's game.
|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|
|2015||New York Jets||16||64||39.0||25||12||0||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2016||New York Jets||15||58||33.0||25||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2017||New York Jets||13||46||26.0||20||3.5||1||3||3.0||3||0||4|
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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|
|2015||New York Jets||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Jets||15||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|