Posted by Andy Benoit
When the lockout is lifted, the Jets will likely find a nice little controversy on their hands. Santonio Holmes, a free agent, is saying he’ll take a wait and see approach with the Jets.
“I’m a free agent this year. Whatever my agent brings to the table – the best deal for me – I’m pretty sure that’s where we’ll end up. I would love (to play for the Jets),” Holmes told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “But whatever happens, happens. I don’t know. I’ve never been in this situation before. I really don’t know how to explain it to anybody. Whatever happens… I’m happy to be wherever I end up at.”
In other words, Holmes wants a lucrative long-term contract.
Where things could get really complicated is if the lockout turns into a prolonged legal mess and the NFL decides to operate the 2011 season under the 2010 rules. In that case, Holmes would receive another RFA tender. What would he do with that tender?
“I probably wouldn’t sign it,” Holmes said. “Because I played five years to wait for my contract to come up in my sixth year. And that’s what I want. I don’t want to sign for a one-year deal. I don’t want to play anywhere for one year…. I wouldn’t do it… If I sign a contract, it’s going to be for multiple years. It won’t be for one year.”
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