Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is not expected to play for the rest of the 2017 season as he is inactive against the Chargers, and will most likely see the same next Sunday, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Head coach Todd Bowles noted during the week that if Wilkerson was going to be held out, it wouldn't be due to discipline. He was benched last week against the Saints after he showed up to the Jets' facility the Friday before the matchup "very late." It is the third straight year Wilkerson has been benched due to a late arrival at a team meeting.
The veteran lineman has been at practice all week with the team, and head coach Todd Bowles said, "everything has been normal with Mo." Wilkerson reportedly spoke with his teammates earlier this week, and apologized for letting them down.
The reason for the speculation that Wilkerson is potentially done with the Jets is due to him not living up to his five-year, $86 million contract he signed last season. Since signing his five-year, $86 million contract, Wilkerson has totaled just eight sacks compared to his 12-sack total in the 2015 season. Combine that with disciplinary issues, and the Jets may have reached their last straw.
If the Jets want to part ways with Wilkerson, they would want to do it before the start of the new season, so he doesn't hurt too much cap room. They would save $11 million in cap space with a $9 million penalty if they cut Wilkerson prior to the third day of the new league year next March.
Wilkerson was the Jets' first-round pick out of Temple in 2011. He was a Pro Bowler in 2015, after ranking sixth in sacks. In 105 career games with the Jets, he has totaled 404 combined tackles, 44 sacks, two interceptions, and 10 forced fumbles.