New York Jets reportedly plan to franchise Wilkerson before deadline

The New York Jets are planning to use the franchise tag on defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, according to a report by NFL Media's Kimberly Jones.

NYJ will place franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson by 4pm Tuesday deadline, according to someone with knowledge of team's plans.

— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) February 29, 2016

Wilkerson, 26, has been a starter in 75 of 77 games since being drafted 30th overall by the Jets in 2011.

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He turned in a career year in 2015 with 12 sacks, while also contributing heavily for a run defense that allowed just 83.4 yards per game, second-fewest in the NFL.