We mentioned it yesterday and today the Jets have announced they placed the franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson.
OFFICIAL: We have placed the franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 1, 2016
The Jets will now have until July 15 to sign Wilkerson to a multiyear contract or extension. He could elect to sign the franchise tender and play in 2016. Wilkerson becomes the fourth Jet to receive the franchise designation in the last 10 years, with that list including DE John Abraham, LB David Harris and Nick Folk. TE Kyle Brady received the transition player designation in 1999.
“Mo is a very good player,” said Jets GM Mike Maccagnan at the NFL Combine. “Obviously we’d like to have him in the organization going forward. At the end of the day, we like Mo very much. We do realize the franchise tag is an option that every team has with their players to potentially hold onto them and try to keep them long-term.”