Santonio will skip start of offseason program

AP

With all the focus on the presence of two unlikely members of the 2013 Jets at the start of offseason workouts, it largely has been overlooked a key player who remains in the team’s plans for the coming season won’t be there.

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, receiver Santonio Holmes will remain in Ohio, where he has been rehabbing his foot and taking classes at Ohio State.

The sessions are voluntary, which means a player only has to attend if he wants to earn a workout bonus.  The prior version of Holmes’ contract did not contain a workout bonus for 2013; it’s unknown (at least by us) whether the renegotiation tied money to showing up for a certain percentage of offseason workouts.

While Holmes may not have been in the team’s plans without guaranteed salary in 2013, a fully-guaranteed $7.5 million payment is forcing the Jets to treat Holmes like quarterback Mark Sanchez.  They may truly want neither guy, but they are stuck with them.