With one day to go before the deadline to use the franchise tag, it looks like Mo Wilkerson will draw the short straw for the New York Jets.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, a source has confirmed that the 26-year-old Pro Bowler will be tagged, giving the two sides only a few more months to work out a long-term deal before the $15.7 million tag salary goes into effect.
"The Jets have been planning for weeks, perhaps months, to use to tag on Wilkerson, as ESPN reported recently. [General manager Mike] Maccagnan floated the possibility of using the tag on highly regarded nose tackle Damon Harrison, also a pending free agent. By opting for Wilkerson, it means Harrison can negotiate with other teams starting Monday."Maccagnan hasn't ruled out bringing back Harrison, but he's admitted that keeping the defensive front as is going forward will be difficult, to say the least.