"Do I feel that I'm underpaid right now? Yeah," Wilkerson said (Mehta, July 24). "But that's part of the business. My time will come when I get a new contract. But right now I'm just worried about becoming a better player, a better teammate and a better leader."
Wilkerson is coming off an All-Pro season and is earning $1.2 million this year. This is the final year of his rookie contract.
"We recognize that Mo is a huge part of who we are in building our team," Rex Ryan said. "John (Idzik) will tell you that. Everybody in this organization will tell you the kind of person Mo is. If you had your druthers, you do want to pay your own. That means you drafted well. They're part of your fabric for a long time. Your fan base identifies with those players."