The first incredibly encouraging sign that the new regime heading the New York Jets was completely in control of things came during the early stages of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Past regimes might have flopped in this situation and rationalized their selection (who most likely would’ve busted) by way of “positional need.” In the case of Maccagnan and Bowles, they selected USC product Leonard Williams with the No. 6 overall pick despite already being filthy rich at the position.
Instead of messing up the gift that had been handed to them, they accepted it with open arms.
Now, however, the evolution of this smart selection hasn’t fully taken shape. The reason is quickly realized in knowing they are now too rich at the position.
Possessing Williams for four-years at $4.567 million per means it grants the organization more time in being equipped with a possible stud at an incredible value.
This pales in comparison when considering what type of pay-day Wilkerson will wind up getting.
Due to that, and that alone, Leonard Williams isn’t going anywhere.
Either Muhammad Wilkerson or Sheldon Richardson will be going somewhere. However, thanks to the luxury of the franchise tag, Maccagnan has now bought himself one last season before a real decision has to be made.
Make no mistake about it, though: Should the right deal come along, Muhammad Wilkerson is a goner. Either that happens or he or Sheldon walk at the end of 2016.
It’s just the business of value and the NFL.