Sheldon Richardson

Jets beat deadline, sign Muhammad Wilkerson to extension

After months of frustration and uncertainty, Muhammad Wilkerson got the long-term contract he believed he deserved.

The New York Jets pulled off a last-minute stunner, signing the Pro Bowl defensive end to a five-year extension and beating Friday's deadline after which Wilkerson would have had to play this season under the franchise tag amount of $15.7 million.

The deal is worth more than $85 million, including $37 million in guarantees through the first two years, according to a person familiar with the contract. Through three years of the deal, Wilkerson will be paid $54 million in guaranteed money, added the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of...