June 16, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Muhammad Wilkerson doubts Jets' sincerity about wanting to sign him
New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has doubts about the team's intentions despite public statements they want to sign him to a long-term deal. The unsigned franchise player is nowhere close to a new contract. “It’s shocking. It’s frustrating,” Wilkerson told The New York Post.“Because I feel like I’ve earned it and I deserve it. It would be different if I was just a mediocre player. I feel like each and every week I’m dominating and it’s showing. The stats speak for themselves. Basically, what more do I need to do? You know what I mean?” “Do I feel that they want me back? As of right now, no. I don’t feel like they want me. I’m a talented guy. Everybody knows that. I feel like they’re going to get the best they can out of me and just let me go. That’s how I feel. Do I like that feeling? No. I’m a New Jersey guy, born and raised and would love to raise my family here.” It didn't help when Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox got a six-year, $103 million deal that included a $26 million signing bonus. Wilkerson is due $15.7 millon this year. “I think he’s a great player. Do I feel like I’m better than him? Yes,” Wilkerson said. “Not to be cocky, it’s just a confidence thing. Everybody in the league that plays feels like they’re the best player at their position. If you ask any NFL player, they’re going to say they’re the best at their position. I feel like I’m better than him and whatever [his deal is] I deserve that or better.” Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.