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Jets cut Santonio Holmes

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Santonio Holmes’s days with the Jets are done.

The team officially announced on Monday afternoon that Holmes has been released. The move had been widely expected and saves the Jets more than $8 million on the 2014 salary cap.

I appreciate Tone’s contributions over the last four seasons,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “I’ve always admired his knack for making the clutch play. He’s a tremendous competitor who wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. I wish him nothing but the best.”

After Holmes had an outstanding 2009 season with the Steelers, Pittsburgh traded him to the Jets. A year later, the Jets signed Holmes to a five-year, $45 million contract. But Holmes never had the kind of production with the Jets that he had with the Steelers. His numbers have declined since his first season with the Jets, and he’s been plagued with injuries the last couple years while often seeming to be an unhappy camper.

Now the 30-year-old Holmes will become an unrestricted free agent. On the right team, he may still be able to contribute. Even if it was past time for him to move on from the Jets.

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50 Responses to “Jets cut Santonio Holmes”
  1. andreboy1 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:18 PM

    He’ll be a Raider. Low-class person for a low-class team.

  2. whiteknightblackheart says: Mar 10, 2014 3:18 PM

    I am shocked at this move. derp.

  3. rr2000k says: Mar 10, 2014 3:18 PM

    Of course his production was down. Look who he had throwing to him.

  4. green41563 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:20 PM

    Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last.

  5. greendog311 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:22 PM

    It’s about time that scrub got cut!

    Report!

    Holmes is entertaining offers from Outback Steakhouse and Arby’s!

  6. realdealsteel says: Mar 10, 2014 3:23 PM

    The jets perfect punishment for the way he left my Steeler team.

  7. jetsfan67 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:25 PM

    Good luck in your future, glad your gone though.

  8. thepftpoet says: Mar 10, 2014 3:25 PM

    He’s going back to the Steelers for a 1 year 4 million dollar contract.

    Bank on it.

  9. grabgrabgrab says: Mar 10, 2014 3:26 PM

    I’ll never forget the play he was injured on. Just gave up the ball. Lots of quit in that boy. I’m sure Jets fans everywhere will be rejoicing.

  10. mikecarter1135 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:27 PM

    My numbers would go down to if I was playing musical quarterback too!!!!

  11. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Mar 10, 2014 3:27 PM

    No one will pay this guy what he wants.

  12. davetrembley says: Mar 10, 2014 3:27 PM

    The Jets are one of my least favorite teams, but having said that, Holmes was one player on the team that I never feared. The only Jets player I feared less than Holmes was Mark Sanchez.

  13. jetsarestacked says: Mar 10, 2014 3:28 PM

    he got a bad rap which was mostly BS. i hope he lands on his feet somewhere. he could be a huge steal for a team as long as they have a competent qb.

    anyway, thanks for the memories!

  14. JackedUpSports says: Mar 10, 2014 3:32 PM

    as a jets fan, he was the hero of the 2010 season. after that, majorly downhill

  15. nyjetsfan24 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:33 PM

    YES, YES, YES, let’s cut Sanchez next.

  16. descendency says: Mar 10, 2014 3:34 PM

    Shocked it didn’t happen last season.

  17. nflsucker says: Mar 10, 2014 3:35 PM

    Listless attitude on a broken offense. Hard to know whether he would have cared any more on a team that cared about the offensive side of the ball any more. Weird, when he’s better off without the Jets, and the Jets are simultaneously better off without him.

  18. logicalvoiceslogicalvoice says: Mar 10, 2014 3:39 PM

    Yeah because they have so many other better receivers.

    The Jets are what a dumpster fire would call a dumpster fire.

  19. steelbydesign says: Mar 10, 2014 3:53 PM

    Santonio gets a bad rap, which he’s earned with his attitude… But he’s extremely underrated.

    ‘Tone has a little bit of diva in him, and the Jets locker room didn’t help that, but in the right situation he could still thrive.

    In Pittsburgh he showed he has great hands and is great in space. He also comes up big in big moments, and I’m not JUST talking about the game winner in the Superbowl… He did it a lot in Pittsburgh.

    Put Santonio somewhere with a decent QB and good locker room to keep him in check, and he’ll be a stud.

  20. whatnojets says: Mar 10, 2014 3:54 PM

    Did he raise his arm and point to the exit door?

  21. anthonyromo says: Mar 10, 2014 3:56 PM

    He should of been cut when he dissed the whole team and management 2 years ago, instead he got a big extension… SMH

  22. packfntk says: Mar 10, 2014 4:05 PM

    Send him to Minnesota, where WR’s, (And QB’s) go to die.

  23. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 10, 2014 4:07 PM

    Jests are getting rid of all their star players. I see a long season for them.

  24. slate91 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:14 PM

    Guy has talent but will NOT head to Oakland, Raiders are moving toward a positive direction slowly but surely. People might wanna label them low class because our fans and fan base is straight up ruthless and passionate! YAY AREAAA

  25. tindeaux says: Mar 10, 2014 4:14 PM

    some team should sign this clown…. and let the db’s take out this trash.

  26. xinellum says: Mar 10, 2014 4:14 PM

    Chased that money and went to a team who had Sanchez and Geno Smith at Qb. Hard to catch the ball when no one can throw it because someone is too busy running their head into someone’s butt. And I meant Ryan not Sanchez. Now he has lost all value. Not all free agents get burnt in these situations, usually it’s the team. He has that Ochocinco, Owens, Moss funk about him and he may have to sign for veteran minimum. Lots of good WR in the draft and they are cheap.

  27. jetzman says: Mar 10, 2014 4:18 PM

    That’s what you do with a cancer – you cut it out ! This was a no brainer.

  28. orivar says: Mar 10, 2014 4:21 PM

    About time. He was the one that caused most of the cancer. I think he was the reason why LT didn’t go back to the Jets either.

  29. surfinbird1 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:26 PM

    Rex says: Tone is a fine example of what being a team captain is all about.

  30. thegonz13 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:30 PM

    Great! Next on the to-do list: Get rid of Sanchez!

  31. conormacleod says: Mar 10, 2014 4:35 PM

    1 year, $2.5 mil with some team.

  32. ajgreenhof says: Mar 10, 2014 4:40 PM

    He was never even a top 10 receiver in the league…ever. What he was getting paid was a joke.

  33. totallydisgusted says: Mar 10, 2014 4:40 PM

    A move that is two years over due. I give no credit to the jets for this move

  34. anthony0011 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:57 PM

    Perfect fit for New England on a 1 year deal.

  35. mezanine10 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:00 PM

    Why hasn’t Sanchez been cut? He got flack for eating a hot dog on the sidelines a few years back. He’ll be selling hot dogs on the streets soon enough once he gets cuts and burns through all his money.

  36. n0hopeleft says: Mar 10, 2014 5:14 PM

    He is the epitome of a ME-FIRST player, and I hope no team is dumb enough to sign this idiot.

  37. holeinone09 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:33 PM

    Remember when the trolls said the Steelers would regret trading him? Funny.

  38. pisano says: Mar 10, 2014 5:34 PM

    Still waiting for Sanchez to get cut.

  39. 3yardsndust says: Mar 10, 2014 5:34 PM

    Lazy lazy lazy overpaid and lazy.

  40. bleedrangerblue says: Mar 10, 2014 5:42 PM

    Yay!! See ya. Your washed up!! 1 more cut coming I hope…

  41. ravenswhat says: Mar 10, 2014 5:56 PM

    What an absolute bum.

  42. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 10, 2014 5:58 PM

    Thanks for 2010.

    Glad to see you go…

  43. micknangold says: Mar 10, 2014 5:59 PM

    One more move left to make today. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Mark Sanchez; it tolls for thee.

  44. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 10, 2014 6:08 PM

    Welcome to Cleveland Santokio, you would would be perfect replacement for Davone Bess.

  45. melikefootball says: Mar 10, 2014 6:40 PM

    Maybe Holmes had it better in Pittsburgh than he thought, it did not work out well going to tinsel town and the Jets.

  46. vincentbojackson says: Mar 10, 2014 7:09 PM

    Steelers traded Santonio to Jets for a draft pick. That very draft pick was used by the Steelers to select Antonio Brown.

    Advantage Steelers.

  47. whatjusthapped says: Mar 10, 2014 7:49 PM

    He is such a head case and bad locker room guy, I wonder if anybody wants him at half the price?

  48. ytownjoe says: Mar 10, 2014 8:06 PM

    Steelers won’t take him back. He misbehaves.

  49. theycallmeyango says: Mar 10, 2014 8:35 PM

    [quote]Jests are getting rid of all their star players. I see a long season for them.[/quote]they had star players? when’d that happen?

  50. dulz26 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:35 PM

    Any of you guys see this guy in New England?

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