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Jets are expected to cut Santonio Holmes any day now

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Four years ago, the Jets swung a deal with the Steelers for receiver Santonio Holmes.  Any day now, the Super Bowl XLIII MVP will be both a former Steeler and a former Jet.

Per a league source, the Jets soon will be cutting Holmes, who is due to earn a base salary of $8.25 million in 2014.  He has said he’d consider taking a pay cut, but either that wasn’t an option or the two sides couldn’t agree on an acceptable pay rate.

With so many veteran receivers due to hit the market on March 11, and given Holmes’ struggles to perform at a high level in the four seasons since arriving, it makes sense for both sides to move on.

Limited to only four games in 2012 due to a foot injury that lingered into 2013, Holmes’ best year with the Jets came in 2011, when he started every game but generated only 654 receiving yards.

As a vested veteran, Holmes immediately would become a free agent once he’s released.  And before the usual dot-connecting process suggests that Holmes will reunite with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and the receiver-needy Rams, keep in mind that things were a bit rocky to say the least in the final days of Schottenheimer’s time with the Jets.

A more realistic possibility would be the Cardinals, where former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is the head coach.  Or how about a Plaxico-style return to Pittsburgh, which soon will be losing Emmanuel Sanders to free agency?

Either way, Holmes will surely get another chance to play like he once did in Pittsburgh.  But not for the kind of cash he earned in New York, where the Jets gave him $24 million guaranteed as part of a contract signed in 2011.

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32 Responses to “Jets are expected to cut Santonio Holmes any day now”
  1. tjacks7 says: Feb 27, 2014 12:42 PM

    Better late than never. This guy made a lot of loot for that one catch in the Super Bowl.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    There should be even more people added to the market before the league year opens, still a lot of players out there that are more valuable to dump than to keep. Lots of overpaid people out there.

  3. pisano says: Feb 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    And hopefully Sanchez won’t be far behind.

  4. tcorn6 says: Feb 27, 2014 12:49 PM

    Back to the steelers!

  5. Stiller43 says: Feb 27, 2014 12:55 PM

    Turns out the steelers got the better end of that trade, even though it looks terrible at the time

  6. schmitty2 says: Feb 27, 2014 12:55 PM

    This is about 3 years overdue…..

  7. masher1965 says: Feb 27, 2014 12:59 PM

    THIS is what you call a hard salary cap cut and hardly surprising. If this was baseball and all that money was guaranteed , he would not be going anywhere unless they could trade him

  8. whatnojets says: Feb 27, 2014 1:03 PM

    Good riddance….don’t let the door hit you in the butt when leaving….we need that door more than we needed you

    Oh….raise your arm and point to the exit please

  9. r8rsfan says: Feb 27, 2014 1:06 PM

    This is the same guy who tweeted “wake and bake”. I’m thinking the Donks or Seahawks would be a bad idea.

  10. alexb1234 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:08 PM

    GOOD RIDDANCE!!! Once holmes got paid he stopped caring. Buyer beware.

  11. godofwine330 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:09 PM

    He is going to be a free agent for a while. A LONG while. He Haynesworth’d the Jets last year, I mean gave NO effort. Glad I am not a Jets fan because he got over on that team to the tune of $24 million.

  12. wnadler says: Feb 27, 2014 1:18 PM

    Yes and I also here woman lie, water is wet, and the sky is blue.

  13. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Feb 27, 2014 1:21 PM

    (Begin sarcasm) Thanks for the memories Tannenbaum…

    A good purge for the Jets..

    Sanchez your next!

  14. stephaniefoster99 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:27 PM

    The fact of the matter is that the Jets fail to accept what appears to be a serious PROBLEM on their end. I don’t see why The Steelers as well as others are being brought into this, just because Holmes, and the Jets are having a problem. Truthfully, I don’t think it’s any sweat of his back.

  15. 13maram says: Feb 27, 2014 1:28 PM

    If (when) they cut Holmes and Sanchez and make Cromartie take a pay cut, the Jets can be looking at $45-50 million dollars in cap room. Also probably will have 12 compensatory picks because of last season’s losses (Landry, Slauson, Devito, Bell). If Idzik plays his cards right and the young nucleus (particularly Geno) develops, the Jets could give Tom Terrific and The Hoodie a run for their money in the 2014 season.

  16. 3yardsndust says: Feb 27, 2014 1:29 PM

    Fun fact: The name “Santonio” comes from the Sanskrit, meaning “much pay, little effort.”

  17. maximusprime107 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:37 PM

    FINALLY

  18. jjackwagon says: Feb 27, 2014 1:39 PM

    He would fit in nicely in Oakland, if they had anybody that could throw the ball.

  19. beardinals says: Feb 27, 2014 1:57 PM

    He is NOT welcome in Phoenix!

  20. gobiggreen says: Feb 27, 2014 2:05 PM

    CANT WAIT to see how the Jets try to redeem themselves this offseason. With a minimum of $25 million and a possible $50 if they let go of Sanchez, Cro, and Holmes, etc….the Jets are going to be spenders.

    I’m looking on you James Jones.

  21. holeinone09 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:10 PM

    Between Ben and Holmes, Ben should have been the MVP of SB XLIII. Ben led them down the field at the end of the game, and in fact through 2 TD passes to Holmes at the end, but Holmes dropped the first one. Holmes had a good game catching the ball, but Ben got it to him and with the game on the line at the end.

  22. tjrogers09 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:23 PM

    Look who he’s had at qb to throw him the ball. Sanchez-BUST, GENO-Still learning…

    Holmes will get picked up and will be a solid #2 elsewhere. Bet the Pat’s give him a workout.

  23. jeffa43 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:36 PM

    QB makes a BIG difference.. Ben and Holmes were on the same page, and Holmes would have done very well in Pit if he could control his off field issues.

    Any WR numbers would have fallen with but fumble as their QB.

    Just saying he was not in a place for success, unlike his situation in Pit.

  24. jeffa43 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:36 PM

    QB makes a BIG difference.. Ben and Holmes were on the same page, and Holmes would have done very well in Pit if he could control his off field issues.

    Any WR numbers would have fallen with but fumble as their QB.

    Just saying he was not in a place for success, unlike his situation in Pit.

  25. slugbaitspace says: Feb 27, 2014 2:39 PM

    Considering the talent of the guys throwing the ball to him, I am SHOCKED that he struggled to play at a high level.

  26. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Feb 27, 2014 4:27 PM

    Please Steelers…bring him back!

    #Black & Gold Dynasty Rebirth

  27. nofaceangler718 says: Feb 27, 2014 4:29 PM

    This cancerous growth should have been lanced two years ago. He is a selfish player and a jerk…A diva WR who isn’t a star or as talented as he thinks he is. I hate it when my Jets sign jerks like this…

    HINT HINT HINT: NO VICK!!!

  28. melikefootball says: Feb 27, 2014 6:11 PM

    He did not dare to be great in jets land.

  29. dynaco says: Feb 27, 2014 10:03 PM

    In Tone’s defense, he only dropped the balls that butt fumble hit him in the hands with.

  30. jetfanfolife says: Feb 28, 2014 12:41 PM

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

  31. contract says: Mar 1, 2014 2:16 AM

    Santonio is making a bee line for Colorado.

  32. engymass says: Mar 1, 2014 10:12 AM

    Leaving the Jets is a step up for any player. Congratulations and good fortune to ya Holmes !

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