From ‘Tone Time to Quit Time.
Santonio Holmes made quite the impression on his teammates this season. In the past few days, he has been referred to as a cancer, a ten year old, a joke, lazy, and destructive to the locker room. One veteran commented they “didn’t see how he could be brought back.”
Unfortunately, the New York Jets and Rex Ryan have made their bed and it is likely they are going to have to sleep in it. The reality is that unless the Jets want to take a major cap hit, they are probably going to have to bite the bullet and bring Holmes back.
Considering the amount of needs this team has on both sides of the football, how could they sacrifice such a large chunk of money to a player who won’t be on the team? Nevermind, that you will once again be sticking two new starting receivers with quarterback Mark Sanchez for the fourth year in a row, because Plaxico Burress is as good as gone.
The anger directed at Holmes right now is justified and maybe he has reached a point in the locker room of no return. That is a decision that Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan need to reach, in consultation with the few leaders that remain in the locker room, namely Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Sione Pouha, David Harris, and Brandon Moore. Ryan can’t be foolish enough to trust his own judgement in this situation since he failed so miserably in judging and handling Holmes this past year.
If the Jets aren’t going to get anything back from moving Holmes except dead cap space when they already need another receiver besides him, another running back, a right tackle, and a backup quarterback just on their offense, do you still want him moved?
Nobody except the people in the locker room know if his situation is salvageable or not but the decision on how to handle it could go a long way to shaping the Jets 2012 season.