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Jets pick up option on Muhammad Wilkerson
As expected, the Jets have picked up their fifth-year option on defensive stud Muhammad Wilkerson.
Per the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, draft picks now sign four-year deals and first-round selections have a team option for a fifth season. Clubs have until May 3 to exercise their 2015 options for draft picks selected in 2011. Wilkerson, 24, was drafted 30th overall by the Jets that year.
The option would pay Wilkerson -- who recorded a career-high 10.5 sacks in 2013 --$6.969 million in 2015. He is due to earn $1.2 million in 2014.
The Linden, N.J. native repeatedly has said he wants to be "a Jet for life." And this latest development could potentially be a step toward that end goal.
Asked by a Jets fan on Wednesday if the organization planned to sign him to an extension, Wilkerson stressed the importance of being patient.
By exercising the option, the Jets have given themselves more time to possibly hash out a long-term extension for Wilkerson, who was named a second-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl alternate.