Santonio Holmes confident he’ll sign with a team in time for 2014 season

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The meaty part of free agency came and went without any team signing Santonio Holmes or even showing the slightest bit of interest in signing him, but the former Steelers and Jets wide receiver thinks he’ll get a call from someone before the 2014 season gets underway.

That message was delivered by Holmes’ trainer Tom Shaw, who said that his client isn’t having any problems with the foot injury that contributed to his rapid decline from 103 catches in his first two years with the Jets to 43 over the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

“He’ll definitely be on a team,” Shaw said, via the New York Post. “Just like [free-agent linebacker] James Harrison will be on a team. As long as teams don’t think he’ll be a distraction, he’s going to get picked up.”

Shaw says that Holmes knows he won’t be a No. 1 receiver but that he “wants to go to a place where he can catch 60 balls a year.” There aren’t too many openings like that in the league right now and it may take an injury for a team to roll the dice on Holmes recovering his form. Even then, he may have to wait until after the first week of the season so that teams don’t have to weigh guaranteeing his salary for the entire season if he’s on the roster to start the year.

That doesn’t paint a picture of a situation that affords Holmes the opportunity to be choosy that he squandered over the last few years with the Jets.

31 responses to “Santonio Holmes confident he’ll sign with a team in time for 2014 season

  1. I think I heard Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson say that after signing big money contracts where they played more and performed better than Holmes, and it seemed to work out fine for them. So I’m sure it will work out for you too!

  2. When the receivers start going down, he’ll be in demand. It happens every year. And even though he was a pain in the butt, he isn’t as bad as T.O. or some of the other fruitcake WRs. He just needs to keep his mouth shut.

  3. I wouldnt mind oak kicking the tires on this guy if he can keep his attitude in check but his best opportunity to contribute would be in carolina.. If he can stay healthy and control his mental..him and cam would do some damage together.. But cam also needs a bigger receiver thats tuff as smith and can block up field.. But i dont think santonio is durable enough for that dual role..but they can use his skill set and veteran threat to clear some field

  4. Holmes could end up in Cleveland. Depends on what Gordan’s suspension looks like. Pettine knows Holmes from NY. Cleveland might need a receiver with experience for a year and it could also help Holmes prove he’ll be more productive and a better team mate then when he was with the Jets. Holmes has skill, he just needs to fix his attitude.

  5. Some team should make him a team captain. I’m sure it’ll bring out the best in him.

  6. Everybody thought Pittsburgh was stupid to deal Holmes to the Jets, at the time. Now look at him.

  7. The guy is good enough to take over a game when he’s healthy. A contender should definitely take a look at him on a performance based deal. Guy has very good hands and gets YAC.

  8. Why do these prima donnas play nice when they are unsigned and no one is interested, but the minute they sign, they become total tools? What’s this guy asking for? If he doesn’t get his act together he will be the present day Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson.

  9. Good luck Santonio! You have given much to the Steelers and Jets, and have more to give. Thank you for the great moments .

  10. Prediction
    After training camp and during preason, IF a starting WR of any team gets injured, Santonio and Dre Johnson will be getting calls. Well Andres case, the Texans will be getting calls

  11. Yessir, the Bears got him! This is going to be great; Holmes is 2 years from his Lisfranc injury, he’s the same age as Marshall, he’s the #3 WR, they can’t double him in the slot, he’ll have a very good QB throwing to him – this is the team he should have been on all the time!

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