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ESPN New York expects the Jets to try signing RE Muhammad Wilkerson to an extension before the start of the season.

The Jets exercised Wilkerson's fifth-year club option in April, so he's under team control through 2015 at $7.2 million. There's no urgency to get a deal done now, but GM John Idzik could look to maximize leverage and extend Wilkerson while he still has two years left on his contract. The Jets have the fourth most cap space in the league at $22.97 million.

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Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson isn't pressing for a contract extension.

"I would like a deal, but when it happens, it happens," Wilkerson said Tuesday. "I'm not saying I want it to be before the regular season. ... I'm going to come in and work hard and take every day like I always do." Although he's coming off a monster season, the Jets likely aren't in any hurry to extend a player they have under contract for an eminently reasonable $7.2 million over the next two seasons.

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ESPN New York's Rich Cimini "could definitely see" the Jets signing RE Muhammad Wilkerson to a contract extension before the season.

Wilkerson is due only $1.2 million this season, but has no plans of holding out. The Jets have Wilkerson under team control for the next two years after exercising his 2015 option. Wilkerson is coming off an All-Pro season and could command a contract in excess of Calais Campbell's five-year, $31 million guaranteed deal.

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Jets exercised RE Muhammad Wilkerson's team option for 2015.

It's expected to be worth roughly $6.969 million. Wilkerson is coming off a monster season, gobbling up the run while notching 10.5 sacks. Although he's now under team control for the next two seasons, it's possible the sides hammer out an extension before Week 1.

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Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson reiterated that he has no intentions of holding out this offseason and said he wants to be a "Jet for life."

Wilkerson hasn't been shy about saying how bad he wants to stay with Gang Green long-term, and we're sure the feeling is mutual. He has one year left on his rookie deal and a 2015 team option that the Jets are fully expected to exercise next month. Wilkerson has yet to miss a game and is elite versus both the run and pass.

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The New York Daily News reports the Jets plan to exercise RE Muhammad Wilkerson's 2015 fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline.

The Jets and Wilkerson's camp have talked about a long-term deal, but one isn't expected to come his way anytime in the immediate future. Wilkerson is under team control for a meager $7.2 million over the next two seasons. That's a huge bargain. Wilkerson has already said he has no plans of holding out.

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Jets DE Muhammed Wilkerson said he has no intentions of holding out.

Wilkerson is due just $1.2 million this season and the Jets can exercise a fifth-year option to keep him under contract through 2015. Despite coming off an All-Pro season, Wilkerson could have to wait until next year to begin long-term talks, but doesn't plan to let his contract situation become a distraction. "It will be taken care of, definitely," Wilkerson confirmed. "All that holdout talk - I never said anything like that. I'm going to show up like everybody else."

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The Jets can keep RE Muhammad Wilkerson under control for $7.2 million over the next two seasons.

The 2011 CBA limited rookie contracts to four years but gave teams a fifth-year option on first-round picks. Wilkerson -- a 2011 first-round pick -- is only due $1.2 million in 2014, and the team option for 2015 is expected to only be $6 million. It is a huge bargain for one of the best defensive lineman in the league, and it could prompt the Jets to put extension negotiations on hold. The 2011 class is the first one to negotiate under the new rules, making Wilkerson's and other 2011 first rounders' negotiations interesting case studies for the new rookie contract guidelines.

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Muhammad Wilkerson and the Jets are expected to begin discussing a contract extension within the next few months.

Wilkerson is easily outperforming his rookie deal, which expires after the 2014 season. Through five games, he has 19 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles while grading out as ProFootballFocus' No. 8 3-4 defensive end. "I think he's right there with the top defensive linemen in this league right now that aren't named J.J. Watt," said coach Rex Ryan. Wilkerson and rookie Sheldon Richardson are a huge reason why the Jets are 3-2 right now.

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Speaking Monday, Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) said he's "fine," and will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Wilkerson sprained his ankle on the final defensive series of New York's Thursday loss, but has avoided a high-ankle sprain. Wilkerson was ticketed as a breakout candidate, but has gotten off to a slow start, grading out as a bottom-five 3-4 end in Pro Football Focus' ratings.