|Santonio will hopefully look happier the next time he's in the locker room. (Getty Images)|
Santonio Holmes was at the center of the disaster that was the Jets 2011 season, repeatedly calling out his offensive line and being blamed for some of the locker room problems. But he's going to remain a Jet for the foreseeable future, as the team now owes him a chunk of guaranteed money for 2011 and 2012.
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We noted back at the beginning of January that Holmes would reportedly be owed an additional $7.5 million of his 2013 contract on the second day of the 2012 league year if he was still on the Jets. As the New York Post reports, since Santonio hasn't been cut as of 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the Jets now owe the wideout $15.25 million, combining his 2012 and 2013 guaranteed figures.
Turns out, Rex Ryan was serious about Holmes coming back.
The Jets could certainly cut Holmes over the next two years; there's nothing stopping them. But doing so would be throwing more than $15 million down the tubes and stripping their roster of their best skill-position player.
Ryan's team faced an unreal amount of turmoil following the 2011 season, as unnamed members of the team called out Mark Sanchez, Brian Schottenheimer left and running back LaDainian Tomlinson pointed the finger at the wide receiver group for some of the problems. Holmes was at the center of all the internal problems.
If he continues along that path, he'll be an absolute waste of money. If Rex Ryan can straighten him out, then the wide receiver can still live up to the monster contract he signed in the 2011 offseason.
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