The New York Jets slapped defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson with the franchise tag, but it doesn't look like the two sides are anywhere close to agreeing on a long term deal. If they can't figure something out by July, Wilkerson will cost the Jets $15.7 million for the 2016 season. New York actually has some talent on their d-line, so locking up the 26 year old Wilkerson may not be a high priority for them.
Wilkerson is clearly one of the better defensive linemen in the game today, but his asking price may be too rich for some teams. The latest reports have Wilkerson seeking more than $50 million guaranteed, so the Jets are open to trading him. The problem with finding a trade partner, besides the gigantic contract they'll need to have the cap space for, is the compensation the Jets will want in return. If teams aren't coming to the table with at least a 1st round draft pick, the Jets won't even bother to listen.
Given Wilkerson's age and productivity, there are plenty of teams that could use an anchor of their defensive front. Even though he's coming off a broken leg, there are a number of teams that have spoken with the Jets about him.
According to the BearReport's Aaron Lemming, the Bears have talked to the Jets about a trade. Chicago GM Ryan Pace and N.Y. GM Mike Maccagnan did work out the trade of Brandon Marshall last offseason, so at least we know they have each other's digits.
If the Bears were to offer the #11 overall pick in the 2016 Draft, the Jets would readily accept, but I would imagine the Bears would want to negotiate a long term contract before any trade is finalized. Wilkerson would be an immediate upgrade at their defensive end spot and provide the Bears with a player they could line up anywhere along their front.
Would you guys want to see the Bears trade for Wilkerson?