Muhammad Wilkerson: “I’m Not Going to Hold Out”

By Alan Schechter

Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback

Drew Brees

(left) is sacked by New York Jets defensive end

Muhammad Wilkerson

(96) in the second half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

If anyone thought that Big Mo was going to take his near Pro Bowl appearance, and turn it into a holdout, think again.

Saturday afternoon, Muhammad Wilkerson was at Blink Fitness in Parsippany, NJ, working as a trainer, as well as fielding Jets-related questions. Mo is in the final year of his rookie contract, and coming off a year that should have brought him to the Pro Bowl, with 64 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

Wilkerson is looking for a pay raise, no doubt, but he immediately quelled an rumors of a possible Revis-like holdout when he spoke to the Metro:

“It will be taken care of, definitely. But all that holdout and all that other talk that people were saying and everything – I never said anything like that. I’m not going to hold out,” Wilkerson told Metro New York. “It’s not something I want; it’s not something I’m thinking about. I’m going to show up like everybody else and do what I’m told.”

It doesn’t appear that any significant contract talks have occurred as of yet, but that isn’t stopping Mo from leaving the process in the hands of the general manager and the agent:

“Like I tell everybody, that’s what I got an agent for. I feel I’ve got a damn good one. They’re going to discuss with John and them and I think they’re going to work something out,” Wilkerson said. “I have faith in them. At the end of the day, I want to be a Jet for life. I think I will be so I’m going to let everything take care of itself. Everything will fall into place; everything happens for a reason. I’m just sitting here waiting.”

It’s encouraging to hear that we aren’t going to have a repeat of the years of Darrelle Revis. Like Rex Ryan, it’s nice to have a player that actually wants to be here. Hopefully, Mo will be here forever.