Muhammad Wilkerson‘s agent, Chad Wiestling, issued a statement regarding his client, who reported to the Jets today. Here is that statement, courtesy of CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora (via Twitter links):
“Mo is and always had been a team-first player and is willing to put the team ahead of his own contractual status. Mo loves being a member of the Jets and would prefer to finish his career in New York,” the statement read.
Wilkerson reported to camp today and it sounds like all eyes will be on him over the next several weeks, unless the two sides come to terms on a new pact. Here’s more on the story that has managed to take some of the heat off of Geno Smith in New York, plus more on the Jets..
- Wilkerson said he was told by his agent that contract talks will start to pick up, Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com tweets. Wilkerson, of course, is looking for a long-term pact from Gang Green.
- When asked whether he’ll entertain holding out of Jets training camp, Wilkerson said, “I’m not going to answer that question,” according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).
- Wilkerson, who sounded somewhat positive about contract talks earlier in the year, said he’s “frustrated” about his contract situation, Mehta tweets. Wilkerson explained that he thought there would be a deal by this point in the offseason.
- The Jets are trying out four players today, according to Dom Cosentino of The Star-Ledger (on Twitter). Those players are tackle Charles Brown, wide receiver Christian Green, wide receiver Mark Harrison, and cornerback Jonte Green.