Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive for Sunday's home game against the Chargers, a league source confirmed to NJ Advance Media. Wilkerson acknowledged that he "let the team down".
Muhammad Wilkerson's career with the Jets is coming to an embarrassing end. Their next game after Sunday is the New Year's Eve season finale at the Patriots. Wilkerson spoke Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at the Jets' practice facility in Florham Park. It makes absolutely no financial sense for the team to expose themselves to such risk for a player they are getting rid of after the season. Last week's benching in New Orleans marked the fourth time since 2015 Wilkerson has been disciplined during a game because of tardiness. He didn't travel to New Orleans.
Wilkerson's claim this week that he's a "leader" and "earned everything I've gotten" was viewed as high comedy on One Jets Drive.
Right now, the salary is guaranteed for injury - the primary reason why the Jets chose to sit Wilkerson on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, a source said. This week, Jets head coach Todd Bowles wouldn't say if Wilkerson would play. They serve their punishment, and you move on.
"We talked about a lot of things", Bowles said when asked. His $16.75 million base salary for 2018 is guaranteed for injury only at the moment. On Dec. 3, he was also benched for the first quarter against the Chiefs after being late to a team meeting the Friday before the game. The Jets will save $11 million by cutting him with $9 million of dead money. Over that span, he's collected $37 million from the Jets. They're fed up with Wilkerson, who has underachieved on the field and embarrassed the organization off it since signing his monster five-year contract before the 2016 season. The team is planning to release him before the third day of the league year in March, when his $16.8 million salary becomes fully guaranteed. It's not like the Jets are playing for anything, so it probably behooves them to not dress him and give an opportunity to someone else.
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