By the top of this season, the Jets may have paid defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson $37 million over the previous two years. In return, they’ve acquired a chronically late under-performer who repeatedly violated and disrespected the immense belief positioned in him by the franchise.
Nonetheless, on Wednesday in Florham Park, talking for the primary time since he was benched and left house for the Jets’ loss to the Saints in New Orleans this previous weekend, Wilkerson refuted the notion that he didn’t stay as much as the contract he signed earlier than the 2016 season.
“I really feel like I’ve earned every part I’ve gotten,” mentioned Wilkerson, who practiced absolutely Wednesday.
“As a result of I really feel like I’ve earned it,” Wilkerson responded.
His play on the sphere and actions off it inform a special story, although.
Wilkerson has eight sacks in 28 video games since he inked the five-year, $86 million deal after 2015, when he led the Jets with 12 sacks. He’s been benched for tardiness 4 occasions previously three seasons, together with twice this month. Todd Bowles additionally sat out Wilkerson for the primary quarter of the Jets’ win over the Chiefs on Dec. three at MetLife Stadium.
When requested if he seems like Jets followers ought to nonetheless belief him, Wilkerson mentioned, “Subsequent query.”