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Jets officially release Muhammad Wilkerson

The Jets will save $11 million against the salary cap, but will have $9 million in dead money.

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson reacts while sitting

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson reacts while sitting on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in East Rutherford, N.J. on Nov.26, 2017. Photo Credit: AP / Bill Kostroun

The Jets made it official Monday when they filed the paperwork to release defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. The team announced the move last Wednesday but didn’t submit the necessary paperwork to place him on waivers until Monday.

Wilkerson, 28, spent the last eight seasons with the Jets and compiled 44.5 sacks, but he was suspended for the Saints game this season for being late to a team meeting and had been benched each of the last three seasons for lateness.

The Jets will save $11 million against the salary cap but will have $9 million in dead money. Wilkerson signed a five-year, $86-million contract in 2016 but failed to live up to the big contract, which made him the highest-paid player on the team.

The release of Wilkerson and several other moves give the Jets $90 million in salary-cap space, second-highest in the NFL behind only the Cleveland Browns.

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