The one player aside from Mark Sanchez that cannot under any circumstance be on the Jets next season is Santonio Holmes.
According to NFL Insider Ian Rappaport, Holmes’s days in green and white are numbered.
Jets were cagey and noncommittal in Indy about their plans. But the expectations is WR Santonio Holmes will be cut soon. No talk of pay cut
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2014
Cutting Holmes would save the Jets $8.25 million dollars in cap space. He would count $2.5 million against next year’s cap if cut.
Holmes’s first season with the Jets was highly productive. He caught 52 balls for 746 yards and 6 touchdowns in just 12 games.
His 2010 campaign was so impressive then General Manager Mike Tannenbaum gave Holmes a 5-year $45 million dollar contract with the expectation that he would be an elite receiver. Like a lot of things Tannenbaum did, the Holmes contract backfired.
In October of 2012, Holmes suffered a lisfranc injury against the 49ers and missed the rest of the season. He has yet to regain his previous form. Last season with the team, Holmes caught just 23 passes with 1 touchdown.
Through the end of last season and into the offseason, Holmes has expressed his desire to return to the team in 2014, even if he would have to take a pay-cut.
Aside from the 2010 season where the Jets came up just short in the AFC Championship game, Holmes has been regarded as a locker room cancer and as a player with a poor attitude.
That could not have been more exemplified than when Holmes said, “I can’t throw it to myself and catch it. Otherwise, I would.” This set a lot of fans off and gave the impression that Holmes was unhappy with Geno Smith not consistently throwing him the ball.
With free agency set to get underway in the next week, the Jets will surely be ready to quickly replace Holmes on the team.