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Seeking new deal, Wilkerson warns: 'It's a business'

Muhammad Wilkerson's quest for a new contract remains one of the offseason's unresolved storylines.

The Jets defensive lineman has pushed for a new deal since last summer. After skipping all of New York's voluntary workouts and organized team activities, Wilkerson has yet to decide if he'll show up to next week's mandatory minicamp.

"I guess we'll see," Wilkerson said Friday, per the New York Post. "That's something my agent and I will discuss this weekend. He's here this weekend for my (charity) events, tonight and tomorrow for my football camp. That decision will be made some time this weekend."

Wilkerson is scheduled to make $6.97 million this season after Gang Green exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. There was speculation he could be traded, but general manager Mike Maccagnan said the team has no plans to shop Wilkerson, even after the Jets used the No. 6 pick on USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams.

"It's a business at the end of the day and all I can do is keep doing what I'm doing, working out and staying in shape and get ready for the season," Wilkerson said. "This is new to me. Hopefully something will get done soon."

Wilkerson's leverage has shriveled up, leaving one source to tell The Post that the fifth-year defender will ultimately wind up attending minicamp. Whether or not a deal is struck before Tuesday's mandatory session, New York is under no pressure to cave in to Mo's demands.

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