NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets stars Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were no-shows at the team’s OTAs this week.
OTAs are voluntary, but it always makes headlines when big-name players aren’t in attendance. As for Wilkerson, it was clear why he didn’t participate. The defensive lineman is looking for a new contract.
Richardson, however, just doesn’t want to be there. The Pro Bowl lineman made that clear with a pair of tweets on Friday morning, and he got a bit defensive in doing so.
Memo to Jets fans: I can do what I want, and not taking part in OTAs will not affect my performance on the field.
“You hope everybody comes all the time (to voluntary workouts), but unfortunately, that’s not the case,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles said, according to NJ.com. “And guys have things they do in the offseason that they probably have scheduled, that they can’t afford to miss. So I understand that part as well.”
Richardson starred for Gang Green in his second season in the league in 2014. The defensive end played in all 16 games, recording 66 combined tackles, eight sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
He’s never missed a game in his professional career.