Examining possible landing spots for Mo Wilkerson (if he's traded)

One of the big storylines leading into the April 28 draft will be the future of Muhammad Wilkerson. The New York Jets are open to trading the Pro Bowl defensive end, but it's not easy to execute a tag-and-trade.

Any interested team would have to satisfy Wilkerson's contract demands (figure at least $50 million guaranteed) and compensate the Jets, who probably are seeking at least a first-round pick. Wilkerson has a franchise tag and will count $15.7 million against the cap.

Any takers?

We surveyed ESPN's NFL Nation and found that four of 31 reporters believe the team they cover might have some degree of interest in Wilkerson. Translation: It's not a robust market. Here's a closer look:


Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles could have some interest for three reasons. Wilkerson went to Temple, so he's a local kid. Admittedly not the main reason, but it could make Philadelphia more attractive to Wilkerson. Second, the Eagles have said that extending Fletcher Cox's contract is a priority. It still isn't done though, which could mean that there is a snag in the talks. If so, the Eagles could move money budgeted for Cox over to Wilkerson. Finally, new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz loves pressuring quarterbacks without blitzing. The Eagles aren't exactly overstocked with defensive ends at the moment. I don't think Wilkerson to the Eagles is likely, but it's possible. -- Phil Sheridan

Chicago Bears: Wilkerson would be a huge addition for the Bears. Chicago has plenty of salary cap space to sign Wilkerson to a long-term deal, but compensation might be an issue. Would the Jets take the 11th overall pick? Now that Martellus Bennett is gone, the Bears don't have much in terms of attractive veteran players to include in a potential deal. But the interest in Wilkerson has to be there. -- Jeff Dickerson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: One of the Bucs' biggest weaknesses on defense was the play at defensive end. They addressed it partially by signing Robert Ayers, but he's certainly not the kind of player that Wilkinson is. The Bucs have the No. 9 pick, which would be a good starting point for negotiations, but they have only $19.5 million in cap space. -- Michael DiRocco


Detroit Lions: It's tough to say there is a ton of interest there because of the potential price tag, but Wilkerson would fit what the Lions are trying to do. He'd probably be a defensive tackle in a 4-3, and the Lions need to find a long-term solution there. They have some cap space to work with, along with 10 picks in this year's draft, so it would be a matter of whether they feel the investment is worth it from a financial and draft pick standpoint. But he would be a fit and Lions general manager Bob Quinn should know his skill set well from his time in New England. -- Michael Rothstein


Buffalo Bills fans "drooled over the possibility of Wilkerson reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo," according to team reporter Mike Rodak -- but that was before the Jets slapped him with the franchise tag. Others expressed a similar sentiment: Terrific player but too costly.

The "Titans would love to have him. But can't see them paying the price," reporter Paul Kuharsky said.

Houston Texans reporter Tania Ganguli said the Texans "have a need at defensive end, but haven't been too interested in spending too much on one. Wilkerson would be a great addition here, but I don't see them parting with the assets it would take to add him."

The Green Bay Packers "would love to find someone to replace BJ Raji, but would never go for those terms. Too rich for them," according to Rob Demovsky.

Mike Triplett called the New Orleans Saints a "long shot outside possibility, only because they so desperately need help on defense and the D-line in particular. But they have virtually zero cap space, have started to value their draft picks more in a mini-rebuild and just signed Nick Fairley as a three-technique tackle. So they don't seem like a good fit."

And so it goes.