When the Jets handed Muhammad Wilkerson a five-year, $86 million deal in July 2016, they thought they were signing a star defensive lineman who would lead them over the hump and into the postseason. Instead, in the nearly two seasons since giving Wilkerson that lucrative contract, the Jets have gone 10-20 and Wilkerson's contributions have declined. Still, despite the way the past two seasons have gone, Wilkerson believes he's done everything to earn his paycheck. On Wednesday, when Wilkerson was asked if he's earned the $37 million he's made over the past two seasons, he said that he feels like he's earned it all. "I feel like I've earned everything I've gotten," Wilkerson said, per ESPN. The Jets might disagree. Before signing that contract, Wilkerson racked up 36.5 sacks from 2011-15. Since signing, he's totaled eight sacks in nearly two seasons. At the height of his powers in 2015, Wilkerson registered 12 sacks and according to Pro Football Focus, he was the fourth-most productive pass rusher among 3-4 defensive ends. This year, he's collected only 3.5 sacks and according to PFF, he's been the 15th (out of 20) most productive pass rusher at his position group.
The Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson says he feels like he's earned his $37 million
CBS Sports | Dec 20