Jets fans can expect to see Mo Wilkerson in green again next year after GM Mike Maccagnan says he is not trying to shop the injured defensive lineman.
Muhammad Wilkerson could end up getting traded at some point, but the Jets claim they aren’t shopping him right now.
“It’s not something we’re actively pursuing,” GM Mike Maccagnan said Friday. “But at the end of the day he is under the franchise tag. So I would say we’ll see how this thing plays out.”
Of course, if the Jets were actively trying to deal Wilkerson, Maccagnan probably wouldn’t admit that either.
There are several compelling reasons why the Jets might considering trading their star defensive end. For starters, the team and Wilkerson have not reached an agreement on the long-term deal that he covets, so the Jets will lose him for only a compensatory selection (likely a third-rounder) if they let him hit free agency in a year.
Second, the team is cap-strapped right now, so dealing Wilkerson would free up $ 15.7 million in cap space.
And finally, since the Jets already have Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams at defensive end, they would be able to use the cap room and compensation to help fill other holes on the roster.
Darrelle Revis’ torn wrist ligament turned out to be news to Maccagnan. He said he didn’t know about Revis’ injury until about a week ago.
“It really wasn’t on our injury report because we never really treated it during the season,” Maccagnan said. “I think the most we probably did was probably taped his wrists up for game day. Which is what we did as a kind of regular practice, nothing out of the ordinary.”
One lingering question for the Jets is the future of D’Brickashaw Ferguson. With the veteran tackle on the decline and commanding a massive $ 14 million price tag for this season, there’s plenty of speculation about whether Ferguson will be cut or asked to take a pay cut. Asked specifically if Ferguson would be on the roster in 2016, Maccagnan was cryptic.
“Well right now D’Brickashaw’s under contract, and I would say our thought would be he would be. But like everything else. . . it’s kind of a fluid free agency for us,” he said.
The Giants poached Damon (Snacks) Harrison away from the Jets by luring him in with a five-year, $ 46.5 million contract with $ 24 million guaranteed.
How close were the Jets to retaining him?
“The Giants were very competitive and very aggressive with that,” Maccagnan said. “I thought we were close, when it was all said and done. The Giants, they put a very good offer on the table for Snacks.”