There are plenty of New York Jets fans calling for the head of Santonio Holmes today. It isn’t happening. It was never going to happen. Yes, they are now on the hook for not just his 7.75 million this year but also his 7.5 million next year and honestly it was a no brainer for the organization not to release him today.
You have every right to be pissed off with his 2011 season, in particular with the way he quit at the end of the Miami game and the reported problems he had in the locker room with quarterback Mark Sanchez. Holmes still needs to prove that he can be this team’s number one receiver and needs to earn the respect back of many of his teammates.
Yet, this is an offense woefully short on speed and playmakers who already has salary cap issues. There is no way to improve the offense by cutting ties with Holmes, eating his 7.75 million of cap space this year and then trying to find both a number one and number two receiver, along with a right tackle, backup quarterback and running back depth.
Let’s not act like the 2010 season didn’t happen and Holmes didn’t make the game winning play in four regular season games, and make two huge touchdown catches during their playoff run. The existence of chemistry between him and Mark Sanchez isn’t a lost cause.
Holmes was saddled with an inefficient number two receiver opposite him this year, who had no ability to create separation between the 20s, an average running game, an inconsistent quarterback, and questionable playcalling. He handled these problems poorly both on and off the field without question but let’s not write off his career yet.
Let’s see Holmes with the “C” taken off his chest and in an improved offensive system, hopefully paired with a split end who can stretch the field along with a dangerous slot receiver in Jeremy Kerley.
The Jets have enough holes to fill on offense this year without creating another one by releasing Holmes, while simultaneously limiting their ability to fix their other problems by taking on his cap hit. Locker room problems can be fixed easier than finding receivers as talented and clutch as Holmes.