Muhammad Wilkerson is going to the Pro Bowl ... next year. He firmly believes that.
"I think I should be in the Pro Bowl, but I'm going to use it as motivation for next year," the New York Jets defensive end said Tuesday on WFAN's "Joe and Evan" show. "I definitely know I'll be there for sure next year, in the Pro Bowl playing next year, for sure."
Wilkerson delivered a Pro Bowl-caliber season, a career year, but he was flat-out snubbed. The only Jets playing in the game are center Nick Mangold and cornerback Antonio Cromartie, both injury replacements.
Even though he has yet to make a Pro Bowl, Wilkerson is in line for a new contract. He has only one year remaining on his rookie deal, and the Jets are likely to extend him before the 2014 season begins. Wilkerson said he hasn't heard anything from general manager John Idzik.
"No, not at all," Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson also offered his opinion on the Geno Smith plane fracas. Admitting he doesn't know the whole story, he said, "That was just a little miscommunication I'm pretty sure on his behalf, on his part. It's something minor. He's just a rookie, he's going to go through those things. But I'm pretty sure he's going to learn from that and move on from it, because I know he's a better man than that."