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Santonio Holmes should be priority for Jets

Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:08 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last offseason, the Jets acquired Santonio Holmes for a fifth-round pick. That the Steelers were willing to part with their former first-rounder and Super Bowl XLIII MVP for the draft equivalent of a bag of doughnuts* was no reflection of Holmes' on-the-field production and had everything to do with his inability to stay out of trouble.

The Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum Jets don't share such concerns. In fact, their personnel philosophy can be loosely described as "If a guy can play he deserves a second (third, fourth, etc…) chance." And for the most part, the strategy has worked. Braylon Edwards, Antonio Cromartie and Holmes were critical to the Jets' AFC Championship runs the last two seasons, all came to New York with a U-Haul full of baggage.

All three players are also free agents, and once the 2011 offseason officially begins, the Jets will have to decide who to keep and how to do it. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, Holmes is the priority.

“I believe they will (be able to afford Holmes),” La Canfora said on Total Access. “From everything I’ve heard, he will be a priority. Look at what they’ve done in recent years with D’Brickshaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, stepping up for Darrelle Revis. They’ve done everything possible to keep their young core. … I think Holmes stays in New York.”

Holmes was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and he still managed 52 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns. According to Football Outsiders' WR efficiency ratings, Holmes led all Jets receivers in total value and value-per-play.

The Steelers were able to jettison Holmes and remain productive offensively. Part of that was because second-year player Mike Wallace emerged as a legit No. 1 wide receiver, but also because Ben Roethlisberger ia a top-10 NFL quarterback. The Jets need Holmes because Mark Sanchez is still in the developmental stages of his career. A playmaker like Holmes certainly eases that transition, even if he's not always enamored with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's game plan.

Edwards' future in New York seems less certain. Depending on how free agency plays out (assuming a new CBA isn't far off), Randy Moss and Plaxico Burress could also be possibilities.

* Turns out, the Steelers made the most of that fifth-round pick. During the 2010 draft, they acquired CB Bryant McFadden and a sixth-round pick from the the Cardinals for the fifth-rounder they got from the Jets for Holmes. That sixth-round pick would eventually become Antonio Brown.

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Santonio Holmes should be priority for Jets

Some playmaker.  One 1000+ yard season and the highest TD total he ever had is 8.  You can find one of these guys on every team in the NFL, and most cost a lot less.  Holmes is the most overrated WR in the entire league.

Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:36 pm

Santonio Holmes should be priority for Jets

As a jets fan I would actually rather see Braylon come back than Holmes. He seems to make much better catches and did very well with his YAC last year including breaking tackles to get an extra five yards or get the ball into the endzone. Santonio has already said there will be no home tam discount and he wants a BIG contract. Edwards said he would take less money from the jets to stay there. The point about Sanchez still developing I think is blown up. The kid played better than anyone else last year in crunch time. I'd rather have Edwards who can go get the ball than Holmes who needs to get it in space to actually be effective. The jets already have a Holmes in Jerricho who can catch the slant. They need a possesion guy who is Edwards with the added bonus of YAC. Of course this all changes if they go out and sign a TO or Burress. If one of them comes to the jets then holmes does become the piece they need on offense, unless he gets greedy and askes for a crazy amount of money. If he does then bring back Braylon.

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