Wilkerson waited. And waited. And waited. Still no extension.
On Tuesday, he acknowledged for the first time that he expected a new deal. He said he's not upset that it hasn't happened.
"No, I'm not disappointed," Wilkerson said. "I mean, I thought it would be done, but it wasn't, so, hey, it is what it is. I'm patiently waiting. If it happens, it happens."
The Jets exercised a fifth-year option last spring, meaning he's under contract through 2015. His salary for next season is $6.96 million. Presumably, the front office -- whether John Idzik is calling the shots or not -- will try to lock him up long term before the start of the 2015 season. If not, the Jets can use the franchise tag, but that would cost north of $13.1 million -- the franchise number for a defensive end in 2014.
Wilkerson's numbers are down this season (five sacks), but he missed three games due to a turf-toe injury.
"I think I played well, but it's not an individual sport," he said. "It's all about team. I think, collectively, things didn't go our way this year, but it's something we can learn from, moving forward."