Muhammad Wilkerson is back.
The star defensive lineman’s hold out — if you can even call it that — ended on Tuesday when he reported to the Jets’ mandatory minicamp at the team’s facility in Florham Park. Wilkerson is disgruntled over the lack of a new contract, and had elected to skip all of the team’s offseason workouts and practices up until this point. Previously, the offseason program had been voluntary, but if Wilkerson had skipped Tuesday’s practice, he would have been subject to a fine.
On Friday at a charity event in Linden, N.J., Wilkerson said he would decide over the weekend if he would report for minicamp.
“I just thought you work hard on the field, do what you got to do on and off the field, and that’s how you’re supposed to get rewarded,” he said Friday.
Wilkerson is currently under contract for 2015 under the team’s fifth-year option and is scheduled to make $ 6.969 million in salary. His contract is up at the end of this year but the Jets could retain the defensive end a year from now by using the franchise tag on him.
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