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Muhammad Wilkerson absent from Jets' voluntary workouts

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson after

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson after losing to the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday Oct. 12, 2014. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Jets players arrived in Florham Park on Monday for the start of the team's voluntary workouts. But there was one noticeable absence: Muhammad Wilkerson.

The Jets' star defensive lineman has been seeking a contract extension since last season when former general manager John Idzik was running the show. A new deal was never reached between Idzik and Wilkerson's agent, and it's unclear when new GM Mike Maccagnan will come to an agreement on Wilkerson's long-term compensation.

During a conference call with season ticket holders last week, Maccagnan pointed out that Wilkerson has another year left on his current contract. Maccagnan has made it clear in recent months that keeping their star defensive player is a priority, but the team first had to get through free agency and this month's NFL draft.

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