Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) is sacked by New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Cimini: 'Could definitely see' Jets signing RE Muhammad Wilkerson to a contract extension before the season

The New York Jets have exercised their fifth year option on defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, but they could still be working on a long-term contract extension. During a Twitter Q&A with fans, ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini was asked if an extension between Wilkerson and the Jets was possible before the season.

“I could definitely see that,” Cimini answered, via ESPN New York. “Wilkerson has made it clear he will take the high road during these negotiations, meaning he’s not going to pull any Darrelle Revis stuff. I think the front office will respect that, but it’s also important to note that the leverage belongs to the team.

“After exercising the fifth-year option, the Jets have him under contract for two years, so there is no sense of urgency to give him a long-term extension. Translation: They will be looking for a team-friendly deal. Wilkerson will take on some injury risk if he plays under his current deal, so he could be motivated to get something done.”

It is important to remember that Cimini is stating an opinion and not reporting any kind of actual insider information.

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