Big Defensive End Happy For Kerley, More Focused On Beating Orton, Bills

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Jets suddenly have no problem throwing money around.

Fresh off trading for wide receiver Percy Harvin and the remaining $40 million-plus on his contract and then giving receiver Jeremy Kerley a reported four-year, $16 million extension, the Jets suddenly don’t look as scared of the salary cap as they once were.

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But what about the one guy who many think really deserves a new deal, Muhammad Wilkerson?

The big defensive end has been waiting for a new contract all season, and with just one season left on his current deal he’s been hoping to get something done before this season is over. However, at this point there’s nothing to report between Wilkerson’s camp and general manager John Idzik.

“Jeremy is my guy. That’s a great teammate, a great guy off the field. I’m happy for him, but I guess you need to talk to John about that,” Wilkerson told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Friday. “Nah, I’m not frustrated at all. All I can do is control what I can control and just worry about what’s going on on Sunday. You know, win games, and be the best leader I can be in the locker room.”

The Jets and a motivated Wilkerson will look to end their six-game losing streak when they take on the Buffalo Bills (4-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Bills are coming off a rousing, last-second win over the Minnesota Vikings last week, but are banged up. Neither of their featured running backs, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, will play this weekend. Instead, they will turn to Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

“Those guys they got up for Sunday are good backs. They can make things happen,” Wilkerson said.

The Jets really aren’t into moral victories, but they are coming off two highly competitive efforts against two of the best teams in the AFC. They lost by 10 at home to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos two weeks ago and then came within a blocked field goal in the final seconds of upsetting Tom Brady and the New England Patriots up in Foxboro. Wilkerson said the Jets are ready now to take the next step.

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“We have confidence in ourselves and confidence is building,” Wilkerson said. “Playing against those teams and playing them tough, we’re just shooting ourselves in the foot with the mistakes, but we can also think about the positive things that we’ve done and build on that.”

The Bills sport a stout front four on defense and have gotten a spark offensively from veteran quarterback Kyle Orton, who is 2-1 with five touchdown passes and a 92.5 rating since replacing E.J. Manuel as the starter.

Wilkerson said bring it on.

“I think we had a great week of practice. Guys are ready to get this win. We’re ready to get after it,” Wilkerson said. “It’s another division opponent, so there’s a lot at stake. That means a lot to us and we’re excited about Sunday and we’re feeling good about ourselves.”

To hear Wilkerson’s interview with Joe & Evan, please click on the audio link below.

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