Muhammad Wilkerson had 10 1/2 sacks in a dominant 2013 season. Credit: Getty Images
Muhammad Wilkerson welcomed his second child and first son into the world on Monday.
His son was born on Memorial Day, said Wilkerson, who also has a 2-year-old daughter. For the usually quiet Wilkerson, perhaps the biggest star on the Jets, it was an opportunity to beam with joy.
He named his son Muhammad as well but he won't be called junior according to his father. But he might be a football player.
“He came out of the womb pretty big. He was seven pounds, 12 ounces. And he's 20.5 inches long so he definitely is going to be somewhere with his hands on the ground, being physical,” Wilkerson told Metro New York. “They grow so fast. I wish it'd go slow. I just want to enjoy these moments.”
He jokes about being his son's agent when he is old enough to play in the NFL, but he also made it clear that his daughter is very dear to him.
“I love them both so much,” Wilkerson said. “I just want to enjoy them now — all these days with them. Just enjoy them. They grow up too fast.”
With another mouth to feed, Wilkerson might have an extra bargaining chip for his contract talks. While he told Metro in February he would not hold out as he looks to sign a long-term deal with the Jets, negotiations are still on-going between his representatives and the Jets.
He won't speculate on whether a deal gets done soon.
“All I can say is, [head coach] Rex [Ryan] and those guys have a better answer than I do,” Wilkerson said. “Whenever it happens, it is going to happen. I'm going to come in here and work hard every day like I always do. [I will] enjoy the days with my teammates, work hard, get better and get ready for some wins.”
Jets notes ...
» Rookie first-round pick Calvin Pryor will miss organized team activities this week after having dental surgery to remove his wisdom teeth.
» Wide receiver David Nelson missed Wednesday's session with an illness.
» Guard Willie Colon had arthroscopic knee surgery this week and there is no timetable for a return. Colon also had biceps surgery during the offseason.
“Safe to say, it's going to be a while,” Ryan said.
» While he didn't participate in OTAs yet, Chris Johnson didn't rule out practicing in minicamp, but said it is too soon to say definitively.