Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (not pictured) in the third quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

NFL rumors: Jets plan to use fifth-year option on Muhammad Wilkerson

The New York Jets may be lacking talent on the offensive side of the ball, but the opposite side of the ball features some incredibly talented players along the defensive front including defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.

While both sides have had preliminary discussions about a long-term contract with the Jets, the New York Daily News reports the Jets plan to exercise the 2015 fifth-year option in Wilkerson’s contract before the May 3 deadline. That would allow the team to keep Wilkerson for just $7.2 million over the next two seasons.

Wilkerson appears happy in New York and the team’s willingness to work on a long-term deal has to be a major plus, so the Jets fans should not be worried about losing one of their key defensive stars anytime soon.

With Wilkerson and youngster Sheldon Richardson, the Jets could have one of the most dominant defensive fronts in the NFL.

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