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Report: Santonio Holmes gets minimum salary deal from Bears

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The Bears’ addition of wideout Santonio Holmes reportedly comes at a relatively low cost for Chicago.

In fact, it may cost the Bears no salary at all.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Holmes received a one-year deal for a non-guaranteed salary of $855,000 — the veteran minimum.

If the 30-year-old Holmes doesn’t make the club, the Bears won’t be on the hook for any more compensation. But if he proves a solid third option behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Bears will have made quite the value signing.

For Holmes, the deal functions as a one-year “prove-it” contract. If healthy and productive with Chicago, Holmes could improve his value entering free agency in 2015. He may still be young enough to garner one more multiyear deal if he has a bounce-back year with the Bears.

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29 Responses to “Report: Santonio Holmes gets minimum salary deal from Bears”
  1. themarkus42 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:43 AM

    Go Bears! Good luck Santonio. Just listen to Brandon. He’s the man on the field and a mentor off of it.

  2. amishninjas says: Aug 19, 2014 11:43 AM

    Hopefully he does use this as a prove it contract. We’ve all seen how he plays when he’s getting paid. I’d hate to see his level of commitment at the veterans minimum.

  3. bassplucker says: Aug 19, 2014 11:45 AM

    Ah yes, the “prove it” deal. Phil Emery loves those. Major potential reward for almost no risk. If he causes trouble in the lockerroom at all he’s out of there, but if he stays clean and productive, that offense will be real hard to handle.

    I only wish we could find a similar player at LB and maybe a kick returner, too.

  4. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 19, 2014 11:52 AM

    I’d have given Randy Moss a shot as it’s obvious they’re going the ‘long shot’ signing…

  5. ariani1985 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:54 AM

    You might be on a horrible team but atleast you get to pad your stats against a lousy Turd Bay team twice a year!!!

  6. 6ball says: Aug 19, 2014 11:55 AM

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    From 11 million a year with the Jets to 855k with the Bears. Suze Orman wants a word with you.
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  7. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 19, 2014 11:58 AM

    themarkus42 says:
    Aug 19, 2014 11:43 AM
    Go Bears! Good luck Santonio. Just listen to Brandon. He’s the man on the field and a mentor off of it.

    _______________________

    Wow. Who would have seen that coming? after his days in Miami and Denver.

  8. southpaw2k says: Aug 19, 2014 12:09 PM

    themarkus42 says:

    “Go Bears! Good luck Santonio. Just listen to Brandon. He’s the man on the field and a mentor off of it.”

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    The same Brandon Marshall who was the poster child for domestic violence with the amount of claims and charges made against him over a 2 year period?

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:10 PM

    Better be careful with the money from what’s almost certainly his last NFL payday. If he’s like the many other players who blew the fortunes they made he might have to live off this for a long time to come.

  10. polarbear71 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:19 PM

    Report: Santonio Holmes gets minimum salary deal from Bears….And breaks his wrist signing the contract, out for 4 weeks !

  11. Indybear says: Aug 19, 2014 12:34 PM

    As long as it makes the team better the overall cost is not an issue. The Bear bean counters have always been good with the numbers. If he does happen to make the team, look for some incentive-laden contract adjustments. Go Bears!

  12. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:43 PM

    There has been more and more posts about Santonio the past couple days. More and more hate and jealousy and people are even throwing Marshall into the mix because EVERYONE knows that this is win, win for the Bears and they have the best WR core in the NFL and all around best weapons for Jay.

    I love watching the haters stew about and troll in jealousy. Lions are SO screwed and the Bears are coming for the Packers this year.

    I forgot about the pathetic Vikings intentionally, we all know their home is 4th place….

  13. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 19, 2014 12:59 PM

    Looks like Santonio will have to behave and prove himself. Emery and Trestman already suspended Bennett for losing his composure, they won’t hesitate to do it to this guy.

    I still stand by original statement the Bears offense looks ridiculous, but if Tucker can’t figure out how to improve that defense or they get plagued with injures again, Bears will give up just as many points as they high powered offense puts up.

  14. stanleyhalas says: Aug 19, 2014 1:09 PM

    Don’t talk bad about Marshall. He’s owned up to his past, owned his mental disorder and become a pillar of the city of Chicago. If anyone can have a positive impact on Holmes it’s Marshall. And having him as the third wide receiver? Any team in the league would take that

  15. bassplucker says: Aug 19, 2014 1:15 PM

    Agreed, the Bears are starting to shape up like the Marino-era Dolphins. They can throw the ball all day and night, but can’t run at all and play sub-par D.

  16. roadwarrior99 says: Aug 19, 2014 2:28 PM

    Suddenly, Santonio doesn’t feel like he’s a great fit in the Bears offense.

  17. stanleyhalas says: Aug 19, 2014 2:28 PM

    Can’t run the ball? Do you even football? Matt forte averaged over 4 ypc, was the #2 rusher in the league and went for damn near 2,000 yards. Please man. Don’t talk about things unless you know at least a little about it

  18. mazenblue says: Aug 19, 2014 2:50 PM

    As much as I hate the Bears, this just makes it even better, the Santonio signing and low money. Damned if you do damned if you dont. Because he cries if he dont get the ball. Then will cry if he gets too much yards. This will be fun this Bears. Good luck with that one.

  19. pete2112 says: Aug 19, 2014 3:19 PM

    It’s a win win for the Bears, I think. We all know Holmes has shown great flashes over his career but has let his attitude be a problem at times. It’s not really a financial burden for the Bears at all, so If he get out of line you cut him and if he goes out there and gets 600 years this season, it’s a bargain. Win win.

    And to the guy who said the Bears can’t run the ball, please Google Matt Forte or at least know about the team you’re discussing before saying something idiotic. He’s probably a top three all purpose RB in the league.

  20. laxcoach37 says: Aug 19, 2014 3:57 PM

    It is a win-win for the Bears. He might still have some talent and it cost them nothing to cut him loose otherwise. The only issue I have with some of the comments is Brandon Marshall being a Mentor. I had to laugh… he is a selfish criminal. Bottom line is full of talent and so is Jefferys. This is where the theory falls apart. You can’t have 3 Prima Donnas. My guess is Holmes gets injured before the 1st game and get paid “league min” (boy, what I would do for half that working everyday this year). Save yourself the the trouble: The Packers win this Division by a wide margin and the NFC Wildcards goes to the NFCW.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 19, 2014 4:14 PM

    Righteous beard.

  22. dd393 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:09 PM

    Budweiser instead of Leinenkugels on Rush St.

  23. rl7911 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:16 AM

    Hopefully Homles’ attitude is contagious through the Bears locker room.

  24. rl79111 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:51 PM

    Hopefully Homles’ doesn’t destroy the Lions, as a Lions fans I am actually shaking in fear of the Bears Offense.

  25. calvinthegreatt82 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:54 PM

    As a Bears fan, I can’t believe Emery signed this clown, he’s going to be an absolute cancer to our locker room. We already have issues with Bennett and Cutler being selfish and Marshall is a ticking time bomb. I hope these 3 don’t ruin Alshon.

    I hated Angleo, but Emery is just awful at building a D. I was hoping for a 9-7 season for the Bears, but realistically I’m seeing 6-10. Defense wins championships, and the Bears have zero D.

  26. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 21, 2014 5:09 PM

    Somebody is upset, lil calvin finally broke down….The Lions suck dude, everyone knows it.

  27. rl7911 says: Aug 21, 2014 5:27 PM

    For a team that sucks, they sure had no problem handling the Bears last year.

  28. rl79111 says: Aug 21, 2014 6:52 PM

    Actually the Lions barely beat the Bears.

    1st game only by 1 score : 8 points

    2nd game less than a field goal down to the wire: 2 points

    Lions suck and everyone knows it.

  29. rl7911 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:43 PM

    1st game was a blow out and everyone knows it. The Bears scored a few against backups to make the game look closer than it was. Nice try.

    2nd game was closer, but the Bears still couldn’t beat Detroit.

    The Bears are a dumpster fire waiting to happen. It’s going to be great watching Cutler, Bennett, Holmes, and Marshall all losing it. But that is what happens when you build your team with left over head cases no one wanted.

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