The report says the Jets could sign Wilkerson to a long-term contract extension this offseason, but that could be unlikely unless he "accepts a team-friendly deal."
Wilkerson is scheduled to earn $1.2 million in 2014. Per terms of the CBA, Wilkerson, the 30th pick in the 2011 draft, is in line for $5.25 million-$6 million in 2015 under the team option.
Jets announce re-signing of two defensive backs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/6/14) The Jets announced they have re-signed a pair of impending free agents Wednesday, inking defensive backs Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls prior to their entrance to free agency.
Lankster spent most of the 2013 season on special teams, recording 20 tackles in kick coverage. Walls spent more of his time on defense, finishing with 24 tackles and five passes defended in 16 games.
Jets not expected to bring back Ed Reed
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/14/14) The Jets are unlikely to bring back safety Ed Reed for 2014, reports ESPN.
Reed, 35, is an unrestricted free agent, but the report says he doesn't figure in the immediate plans. He could be a fallback option if there's an injury down the line.
Reed, who had 27 tackles and three interceptions in 14 games in 2013, said he would like to play one more year.
Muhammad Wilkerson: I won't hold out
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/9/14) Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who's set to earn $1.2 million in 2014, dismissed speculation he might hold out. Wilkerson is eligible for a renegotiation after completing the first three years of his rookie deal.
"It will be taken care of, definitely," Wilkerson said of his contract situation, per ESPN.com. "But all that holdout and all that other talk that people were saying and everything -- I never said anything like that. I’m not going to hold out. It’s not something I want; it’s not something I’m thinking about. I’m going to show up like everybody else and do what I’m told."
Wilkerson had 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception last season.
Rex Ryan refutes criticism of Sheldon Richardson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (2/1/14) Rex Ryan has delivered a strong rebuttal to the claim by Hall of Famer Warren Sapp that Jets rookie defensive end Sheldon Richardson lacks pass-rushing skills.
"I believe he can rush the passer," Ryan told the New York Daily News. "Maybe Sheldon doesn't rush the passer like Warren Sapp did. Very few in this league have ever rushed the passer the way Warren Sapp has ... but this is a young man now. This guy is just now scratching the surface."
Richardson started 15 of 16 games and managed 77 tackles, but just 3 1/2 sacks.
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When Rex Ryan took over as the head coach of the Jets they used to have a dominant defense. Not anymore. The Jets struggled in 2012 for the second year in a row, and the DST is no longer a viable option. Maybe that will change in 2013, but the Jets DST should be considered just a No. 2 Fantasy option in the majority of leagues, especially with Darrelle Revis now in Tampa Bay. Rookie Dee Milliner will try and replace Revis, but he has big shoes to fill. We would not draft the Jets DST in the majority of leagues. (Updated 5/15/13)