The NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reported Saturday the Jets are unwilling to give Wilkerson, 25, a contract in line with the six-year, $100 million extension signed by the Bills' Marcell Dareus. LaCanfora also reported it's unlikely talks will continue when the regular season begins (Sept 12).
Wednesday, ESPN's Rich Cimini also reported the sides were not close to an agreement (Sept. 9).
LaCanfora reported the Jets' offer was less than half of what Dareus will get. Without a deal, Wilkerson would likely get the franchise tag next season and get $16 million in 2016, $9 million more than his current salary. Wilkerson's agent, Chad Wiestling, told LaCanfora he was not seeking the kind of deal that the Texans' J.J. Watt received ($100 million with $52 million guaranteed for injury). Cimini reported there was "word on the street" Wilkerson wanted a Watt-style deal.