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Santonio Holmes will return to the Jets on a five-year deal

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Santonio Holmes was the Jets’ top priority all along.

They paid lip service to keeping Braylon Edwards.  They are entertaining Nnamdi Asomugha as a big ticket luxury happen.  But Holmes was the guy the Jets had to keep and they managed to do so.

PFT’s Mike Florio reports via a league source that the Jets and Holmes have agreed on a five-year deal.

Holmes’ impact goes beyond the statistics.  He’s the one player on the Jets offense that opposing defenses have to game plan against. During Hard Knocks last year, Jets coaches drooled about Holmes, calling him the best player on the team’s offense.

“Congrats to Santonio. Great player and good friend!” Edwards wrote via Twitter.

The Redskins reportedly had Holmes atop their wish list as well, so they may have to look elsewhere at wide receiver.  Perhaps Edwards will be a fit there.

UPDATE: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News hears Holmes will get $24 million guaranteed.  Florio confirmed that number.

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  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 27, 2011 10:47 AM

    The Jets are making a strong case for SB favorites.

  2. Party Monster says: Jul 27, 2011 10:47 AM

    Edwards wil be coming back at a lower price tag, hes in court in Cleveland right now. The out come of that will dictate a decent price. Aso will not be a Jet.

  3. xstaticonradio says: Jul 27, 2011 10:47 AM

    He has excellent footwork, can’t blame Ryan for wanting to keep him

  4. dallasfan74 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:49 AM

    Good deal for Holmes…jets might actually get tot he superbowl this year with a few more pieces!

  5. Steeler's Will says: Jul 27, 2011 10:49 AM

    The Patsie fans are sweating a little more today ;)

    Congrats to ‘Tone, glad he’s found a place to call home.

  6. steel6times says: Jul 27, 2011 10:50 AM

    Let that money melt away. He’ll get another possession charge and will be suspended again.

  7. zoxitic says: Jul 27, 2011 10:50 AM

    Now all they need is a quarterback.

  8. benh999 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:50 AM

    He’s a great player. Just needs a QB who can throw the ball now.

  9. cassrangers says: Jul 27, 2011 10:51 AM

    That sucks, I was hoping he would go to Chicago… but, knowing the Bears, they won’t sign anyone..

  10. jamishi2000 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:51 AM

    All the Jets now have to do is sign Asu, sign Randy Moss to a 1-year $5mil contract with a second year option, and resign Eric Smith and were SET

  11. ny82jy says: Jul 27, 2011 10:51 AM

    Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 priority locked up!!

  12. skoobyfl says: Jul 27, 2011 10:52 AM

    Now if the Jets had a real QB to throw to him…

  13. bksha51 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:54 AM

    big time signing, now time to try and get Braylon back to keep the Offense in tact

  14. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jul 27, 2011 10:54 AM

    “They are entertaining Nnamdi Asomugha as a big ticket luxury happen.”

    I’ve read this sentence five times and can’t figure out what in the world you’re talking about???

  15. southpaw2k says: Jul 27, 2011 10:55 AM

    I thought for sure he’d be going to Washington, but now that he’s staying with the Jets, I don’t see how they’ll have enough money leftover for Asomugha now. Not that a team like the Jets could fit the egos of both Revis and Asomugha anyways.

  16. scubasteve4930 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:55 AM

    this means no ASO for the jets…thaaaank goodness

  17. xstaticonradio says: Jul 27, 2011 10:56 AM

    To everyone who’s saying Mark Sanchez isn’t a real QB…he is a REAL Qb. He’s just not a good one. :)

  18. schmitty2 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    That sigh of relief you hear is coming from Sanchez

  19. mswravens says: Jul 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    Santonio is a great receiver, and kudos to the Jets for keeping him…but if all these Nnamdi rumors are true, then I’d count the Jets as Redskins-lite…you know, the team that thinks winning the offseason = Super Bowl. And we know how far that usually gets ya! They have offense line problems, QB issues, and no pass rush. Be wary of all the SB talk if they sign Nnamdi…still a long way to go in Jet land, particularly when your QB is average at best.

  20. bobbyyyd says: Jul 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    the jets still suck

  21. andyb053 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:58 AM

    As a Skins fan, this makes me happy. The Andrew Luck dream is still alive!!!

  22. ampats says: Jul 27, 2011 10:59 AM

    Congrats to all Jets fans. I remember sweating out Randy Moss a few years ago.

    Good to see Tone will be there for the 43rd Anniversary celebration.

  23. cup1981 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:00 AM

    Now he has all kinds of money to buy weed and plane tickets with.

  24. snnyjcbs says: Jul 27, 2011 11:01 AM

    I love the way the other Teams drove Holmes price up ending up costing the Jets an Arm and a Leg to keep him.

    Nnamdi?, do not make me laugh, it is a publicity stunt that will never happen. I would love to see it happen as one of the corners either Revis or Nnamdi would be turned into a D Hall by QB’s, my guess is it would be Revis. But cut the BS and start pumping out the real news like what the Jets had to give up to keep Holmes lol, my bet is it is over 10 million per year lol.

  25. thechosenone6 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:07 AM

    So many haters. So much jealousy. See you in Indy! Wait, your teams won’t be there!!

  26. rook1313 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:10 AM

    now all they need is a real qb

  27. iamgoodkid says: Jul 27, 2011 11:12 AM

    atlanta goes to the superbowl and wins the superbowl

  28. phinheads says: Jul 27, 2011 11:15 AM

    Jets look legit again. damn it all

  29. green41563 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:16 AM

    The Sanchez comments are hilarious.

    Never before has there been so much agenda-driven criticism of a guy entering his THIRD season after appearing in the conference championship in each of his first two years.

  30. nahcouldntbethat says: Jul 27, 2011 11:17 AM

    If Holmes stays out of trouble this was a very good move.

    He and Cotchery can both wreak havoc on a defense with yards after the catch. Keller is also pretty good in that department.

  31. snnyjcbs says: Jul 27, 2011 11:20 AM

    “Holmes’ deal, believed to be in the $10 million-a-year range, is so big that it probably means they can’t afford to re-sign Braylon Edwards, another high-profile free agent”

    Since this site will not report the hold up that went down in New York above is from ESPN. I loved the way other clubs drove the price up on the Jets, Nnamdi?, do not make me laugh.

  32. jolink653 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:20 AM

    24 million guaranteed? must be close to 10 million a year so much for the jets signing anyone else

  33. RexCanCoach says: Jul 27, 2011 11:21 AM

    YEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

    WR – check
    Best CB available – work in progress

    This will be a #1 defense once again if Nnamdi signs.

    Rex = Ground and pound, its going to be a good year for the Jets lets see if they have the cohones to go all the way.

  34. bcgreg says: Jul 27, 2011 11:21 AM

    Pats fan here. Great signing. He is their best offensive weapon. He’s the one guy the NEEDED to re-sign, and they did.

    I think Nnamdi would be an unnecessary overreach. If they pay Nnamdi big money, how will Revis react after he had to fight to get his whereas the Jets would be handing Nnamdi the cash? It’s an interesting dynamic.

    It’s the Jets pass rush that makes them great. Adding Nnamdi will sacrifice the middle of the roster, which is why I think it’s unnecessary.

  35. tkebean says: Jul 27, 2011 11:22 AM

    Santonio is a good receiver but this is a stupid, stupid move. To give $24 mill guaranteed and commit to tone being the #1 WR for the next few years when he’s just one puff away from a year suspension…recipe for disaster. Good signing but it shouldn’t have been for more than 2 or 3 years and a much, much lower price tag.

  36. nebster21 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:23 AM

    10 Million a year and they think they are going to get Ndami

  37. rc33 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:24 AM

    @24 million guaranteed?
    Too much.
    The guy’s good…probably very good…but not great. As often as he comes thru, he disappears in just as many big games.

  38. curtsosexy says: Jul 27, 2011 11:24 AM

    To the haters: You must live by King Rex’ #1 rule: “You can hate all you want, but you can NEVER IGNORE US!!!””

    Keep the negative posts coming!! LOL!!

  39. btowngetsdown says: Jul 27, 2011 11:25 AM

    $24 million guaranteed is pretty good score for Holmes. I’d be interested to hear what the full contract was, because the Jets are right up there against the cap.

  40. deadeye says: Jul 27, 2011 11:29 AM

    As a Dolphin fan, I must say the Jets are becoming the odds on favorite to win the AFC East. The attempt to get Nnamdi Asomugha is all about surpassing the Patriots in the division. The plan makes sense.

    The Jets have lost the AFC championship game two years in a row. It could be argued that if they had won the AFC East, they would have made it to the Super Bowl in one or both seasons. Winning three playoff games in a row is too difficult. Win the division (and get a playoff bye) and then you only need to win two games to get to the big dance. If they pull off Nnamdi Asomugha, the Jets FO deserves huge credit.

  41. benh999 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:29 AM

    thechosenone6,
    Wow, a SB three-peat for the J-E-T-S?

    Truly the best franchise in modern sports. You know, aside from the embarrassing off-field moments and losses on a big stage.

  42. We'reFineThere says: Jul 27, 2011 11:33 AM

    I think this is good news for the Eagles. $24 million guarenteed I don’t think is too much for a guy who is the “best” receiver on the team but not a prototypical #1. Hopefully Jackson doesn’t expect Roddy White money.

  43. cfletcher33 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:33 AM

    Santonio, Mike, Emanuel, and Antonio would have been a nice set of wideouts for the Steelers

  44. green41563 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:35 AM

    mswravens says: Jul 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    Santonio is a great receiver, and kudos to the Jets for keeping him…but if all these Nnamdi rumors are true, then I’d count the Jets as Redskins-lite…you know, the team that thinks winning the offseason = Super Bowl. And we know how far that usually gets ya! They have offense line problems, QB issues, and no pass rush. Be wary of all the SB talk if they sign Nnamdi…still a long way to go in Jet land, particularly when your QB is average at best.

    ____________________________________

    I mean, where to begin with this absurdity?

    (1) The Jets are Redskins light? Right, the only difference being that the Redskins never got past .500 with their offseason moves, whereas the Jets have been in consecutive AFC Championship games. Great comparison!

    (2) Offensive-line problems? They might have the best offensive line in all of football. And if it’s not the best, it’s top five to be certain. Every team should hope to have “offensive-line” problems like the Jets.

    (3) No pass rush. Well, I suppose this depends on how one defines “pass rush.” If you define it as pressure from the defensive line, then, you’re correct, they had a problem. But if it’s defined as getting to the quarterback, it bears noting that they tied for #8 in total sacks with 40.

    (4) On Sanchez. Since when did we start judging quarterbacks based on what they do in their first two years in the league? Go look at Elway’s first two years. Or Bradhsaw’s. Or Favre’s. And really, Sanchez doesn’t have to be any of those guys for the Jets to win the Super Bowl. He just has to be decent, which he already is. If you can win a Super Bowl with Simms, Hostetler, Brad Johnson, Doug Williams, and Trent Dilfer, you can easily win with Mark Sanchez.

  45. We'reFineThere says: Jul 27, 2011 11:36 AM

    I’m mistaken, this is more money than Roddy’s deal.

  46. thetechnocrat says: Jul 27, 2011 11:37 AM

    5 years 50 million with the 24 guaranteed? Wow, I didn’t know they signed Jerry Rice.

  47. steelers4385 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:37 AM

    I love that everyone sees how bad marky mark is. Haha. Randle el would be more productive than him.

  48. clayton43 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:39 AM

    lol Jets will still lose.. had him last year as well and that didnt work out… The Pats will win that division again ~

  49. citizenstrange says: Jul 27, 2011 11:40 AM

    I’ve always said that Santonio Holmes is lightning in a bottle.

    If he could find a QB – e.g. Kurt Warner – that could hit him in the hands, on time and in stride he would put up crazy numbers.

    Roethlisberger and Sanchez really can’t do that. Would’ve LOVED to see Holmes go to the Colts, Patriots or Saints.

    Then again maybe not. GO STEELERS!

  50. cfletcher33 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:42 AM

    @benh999 Best Franchise in modern sports? When was there last superbowl win? superbowl appearance? Is this the same franchise that drafted Kellen Clemens as the franchise quarterback? 3 yrs ago this was not even the best franchise in new york. some jets fans simply “can’t wait” to crown there team champs. good signing of holmes but if there is no one on the other side there will be double coverage. Jerico is not a legit #2

  51. goawayeverybody says: Jul 27, 2011 11:43 AM

    This is it for the last hour? Really?

  52. chizzle20 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:43 AM

    So now they just have to sign Namdi, Sidney Rice, Moss, J Joseph, trade for Osi and Rex will complete his fantasy team. (minus the Qb) :D

  53. stonecld33 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:45 AM

    I thought the jets had to loose money, it looks like they are spending more money than anyone. It makes me sick the rich get richer. And they might get asumaga.ridiculous.

  54. cfletcher33 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:49 AM

    I have yet to see an NFL Team win a Championship through high priced free agents. The same result will happen with the Jets. Go Steelers!

  55. trojanmaaaan says: Jul 27, 2011 11:55 AM

    curtsosexy says:
    Jul 27, 2011 11:24 AM
    To the haters: You must live by King Rex’ #1 rule: “You can hate all you want, but you can NEVER IGNORE US!!!””

    I’m confused…I thought Rex’s #1 rule was:

    “I am a fat slob and love me some feet, now
    Lets Go Eat A Goddam Snack!!”

  56. snnyjcbs says: Jul 27, 2011 11:56 AM

    NFL Network is reporting the Jets had to give Holmes the biggest contract for a WR in NFL History, way to go Washington. Last time I looked the Jets still have 2 other WR’s that are Free Agents not to mention a bunch of others, Nnamdi?, do not make me laugh.

  57. snnyjcbs says: Jul 27, 2011 12:00 PM

    The Jets have no pass rush, it is blitz all the time or the QB can have dinner before he releases the ball. They are all smoke and mirrors as New England showed in first game against them last year. Figure out the slid of hand and they have nothing.

  58. thenyolive says: Jul 27, 2011 12:18 PM

    Even with Holmes’ back, these are Mark Sanchez’s WRs and TEs: Jerricho Cotchery, Jeremy Kerley, Scotty McKnight, Patrick Turner, Logan Payne, Dustin Keller, Matt Mulligan and Jeff Cumberland.

    wow, I’m overwhelmed…. sweating even

  59. schmitty2 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:28 PM

    thechosenone6 says:
    Jul 27, 2011 11:07 AM
    So many haters. So much jealousy. See you in Indy! Wait, your teams won’t be there!!

    Jealous that your team never makes it to SB? Thats like bragging that your taking the head cheerleader to the prom and all you get at the end of the night is a peck on the cheek

  60. realtimeeyes says: Jul 27, 2011 12:33 PM

    Ha! Players want to win for respect from their peers..Fans want the same think..Guess what JETS fans; Buy a Superbowl! You still won’t get any respect..You will be just like Nascar! Buying championships! You will never be the main team in your town; or your stadium for that matter. And you will alway be jokes!

  61. Grulks says: Jul 27, 2011 12:49 PM

    mswravens says: Jul 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    “…They have offense line problems, QB issues, and no pass rush. Be wary of all the SB talk if they sign Nnamdi…still a long way to go in Jet land, particularly when your QB is average at best.”

    I have to agree with green41563 here, the Jets were ranked #9 by NFL in their O-Line (it’s on the NFL webpage), which is a new stat. But looking at total offense, they were 11; passing, they were 22 (this is reflective of Sanchez, more than anything else); and rushing, they were ranked 4. Sanchez wasn’t sacked an inordinate amount of times, his numbers were comparable to Brady, Rodgers, and Brees in that category.

    So I’m really curios what problems you are referring to.

    As far as Sanchez, it’s his 3rd year. He may be “average” at best, but he is one of only 2 Qb’s -EVER- to reach the conference championships in his first two seasons.

    I don’t think he will be the next Tom Brady/Peyton Manning/Drew Brees, but it’s not out of the question that he ends up winning a SB or two over the course of his career.

  62. johnsreyes says: Jul 27, 2011 1:15 PM

    The Jets have offensive line problems? That’s news to me. They have the best center in the NFL in Nick Mangold, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson is another great O Lineman. Woody retired rather than rejoin the team, but they’ll replace him ably enough. Sanchez I feel like has the talent to be a really good QB, whether he’ll get there remains to be seen.

  63. green41563 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:20 PM

    clayton43 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:39 AM

    lol Jets will still lose.. had him last year as well and that didnt work out… The Pats will win that division again ~

    ____________________________________

    Yeah, it didn’t “work out.” They only made the AFC Championship game.

  64. green41563 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:21 PM

    Ha! Players want to win for respect from their peers..Fans want the same think..Guess what JETS fans; Buy a Superbowl! You still won’t get any respect..You will be just like Nascar! Buying championships! You will never be the main team in your town; or your stadium for that matter. And you will alway be jokes!
    _____________________________________

    Being a Giants fan really sucks these days, huh?

  65. green41563 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:26 PM

    The great thing about reading these comments saying that the Jets suck is the realization that if they actually sucked, no one would bother to say so.

    When everyone is frothing at the mouth, telling you that your team sucks, it’s usually because your team is pretty damned good.

    This is no exception.

  66. green41563 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:35 PM

    snnyjcbs says: Jul 27, 2011 12:00 PM

    The Jets have no pass rush, it is blitz all the time or the QB can have dinner before he releases the ball. They are all smoke and mirrors as New England showed in first game against them last year. Figure out the slid of hand and they have nothing.
    ___________________________________

    Yeah, the Pats really appeared to have had it figured out in the playoffs.

  67. aprz33 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:07 PM

    NY Jets “Hater’s card” are being printed as we speak; Hater’s will be notified immediately. Although the signing of Holmes doesn’t guarantee anything it does prove that the Jets are going to do what’s necessary to bring the Lambardi Trophy to “The Big Apple”. Nothing is guaranteed in sports; maybe Holmes messes up again and makes the Jets regret the signing but the flip side (and yes theres a flip side) he comes in and does what he did last year. No one knows but Santoni; it’s his life. At the end of the day; he’ll have to look himself in the mirror and he’ll realize that he messed up on the team that didn’t quit on him. People don’t like NYers and their teams but they want to be us!!! So recognize!!! The next time I’m commenting might be if the Jets pull off a deal for a certain perennial all star corner; by that time I might also have those heavily wanted “Haters Card!!!!..

  68. rc33 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:31 PM

    For reasons unclear, Jets fans seem oblivious to the fact that their boys have blown two AFC Championship games the past couple seasons.
    Apparently that mountain is easier to climb than I initially believed.
    Unexpected things happen each and every season but the bottom line is the Jets blew two trips to the Super Bowl. And they ain’t getting those seasons back.

  69. ice90 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:28 PM

    Sanchez will be fine. I’ve never seen a guy who works hard, is a good teammate, and keeps his nose clean get so much hate from Jabroni Nation. He’s a good quarterback and is getting better. He doesn’t have to be Tom Brady to be successful. Say what you want about Rex, if he’s not your cup of tea…. ok. But a ton of players from other teams openly say they want to play for Rex. That should tell you something. The Pats and the Steelers are still the Gold Standard……… I get it. But it feels great to be knocking on the door.

  70. CKL says: Jul 27, 2011 3:32 PM

    snnyjcbs says:
    Jul 27, 2011 12:00 PM
    The Jets have no pass rush, it is blitz all the time or the QB can have dinner before he releases the ball. They are all smoke and mirrors as New England showed in first game against them last year. Figure out the slid of hand and they have nothing.
    __________________________________
    It’s true they don’t have a bigtime pass rush but with Rex’s schemes where he disguises where the rush is coming from to confuse the blocking schemes along with having a guy like Revis @ CB, they can get away with it. I think you mean their second game against the Pats, Pats lost he first and third ones last year.

    In the playoff game, they didn’t really rush/blitz Brady. If you blitz him it’s usually a bad idea. What they did was cover his receivers like there was no tomorrow. Very smart gameplan and really screwed Brady up. Reminds me of how my Pats used to play Manning back when they could beat the Colts consistently.

    I’m a Pats fan and I HATE the Jets, but they own my team right now, when it counts.

  71. ironheadjr says: Jul 27, 2011 4:15 PM

    Wake and Bake!!!

  72. ironheadjr says: Jul 27, 2011 4:16 PM

    They’re the champions….

    On paper.

  73. sharemywealth10000 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:59 PM

    I think regardless of who you’re a fan of, you have to look at all the money that Rex is pulling and think it’s a bit desperate. He spent an ass load on Holmes. I can’t see how it would financially work at all to pick up Nnamdi. I think Nnamdi is going to Houston. Rex’s desperate spending is going to send a negative message to players like Cromarti and Edwards, and they just be inclined to sign somewhere where they can feel appreciated. Holmes felt appreciated- that’s why he took less money from Rex than he could’ve made elsewhere. Cromarti and Edwards might not feel the same.

  74. sharemywealth10000 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:59 PM

    I think regardless of who you’re a fan of the Jets, Pats, Bills, whoever- you have to look at all the money that Rex is pulling and think it’s a bit desperate. He spent an ass load on Holmes. I can’t see how it would financially work at all to pick up Nnamdi. I think Nnamdi is going to Houston. Rex’s desperate spending is going to send a negative message to players like Cromarti and Edwards, and they just be inclined to sign somewhere where they can feel appreciated. Holmes felt appreciated- that’s why he took less money from Rex than he could’ve made elsewhere. Cromarti and Edwards might not feel the same.

  75. sharemywealth10000 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:05 PM

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/6812959/wr-brad-smith-jumps-new-york-jets-rival-buffalo-bills

    This just goes to show that my previous post about people feeling unappreciated is already happening.

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