Wilkerson, who has a history of violating team rules, won't make the trip to New Orleans.
It's unusual for a coach to say it, but Morton acknowledged on Thursday that he just wanted to run out the clock because he felt the Jets "didn't have a chance" to rally against the Denver Broncos, who led the game 23-0. "I'm not anxious about Mo right now", he said.
When healthy and active, Bowles has leaned heavily on veterans in positions where the Jets have some youngsters who could use some valuable playing time to show whether or not they're part of the team's long-term plans.
In 2015, Wilkerson was benched for the first quarter against the Giants after arriving late to a meeting. He also was fined by the team. The Jets have the option of cutting Wilkerson before the third day of the league year in March and saving $11 million in cap space.
While Morton is excited to return to The Big Easy, he's focused on getting his players ready for Sunday.
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Wilkerson has clearly checked out, and now it's time for the Jets to get his negative example and influence out of their young, rebuilding locker room.
Through 13 games, Wilkerson has totaled 59 tackles, 3.5 sacks, nine quarterback hits, four pass defenses and one interception.
Now the Jets are without Wilkerson in The Big Easy and will nearly certainly part ways with him in the coming months.
It has become clear Wilkerson is no longer worth the trouble for the Jets. Apparently, Wilkerson doesn't much feel like collecting that money, after making $37 million over the first two years, 2016-17, of his five-year contract.
Since signing the contract, which made him the highest-paid player on the team, Wilkerson has been a nonfactor.
Is the disconnect a lone incident, or will there be more to come as Maccagnan enters year two of his first teardown and rebuild?