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Jets go crazy for Holmes

Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 12:15 pm

Are the New York Jets crazy?

They give Santonio Holmes, a receiver who has had more than 55 catches just once in his career, is one failed drug test away from a possible year-long suspension by the league, a contract that will pay him $50 million with $24 million in guaranteed money.

That $24 million, if true, is the most ever for a receiver. What?

This guy hasn't finished in the top-10 in catches in a season yet in his career. The Steelers were so turned off by him that they traded him for a fifth-round pick last summer.  The Steelers tired of his off-field issues, one of which led to a four-game suspension to start the 2010 season with the Jets.

Holmes is a nice player. And he has speed. Plus, Mark Sanchez loves him. But isn't that a lot of money for a risky player, who you wouldn't even consider a top-10 receiver in the NFL?

I can't imagine there was a great market for him -- which is why I always felt he would go back to the Jets --because of all the baggage. So somebody please explain the money to me.

Last time I checked, this wasn't Al Toon or Don Maynard we are talking about.


Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:38 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

Examining free agent signings as if they exist in a vacuum is like looking at one side of an equation.  I think this signing should be viewed in light of several facts:

1)  The guy is talented.  And the top receiver on the market.  Someone was likely going to come up with an offer in that neighborhood.  Maybe yes, maybe not.  I tend to think the former.

2) Yes, Holmes has had more than 55 catches only once.  A season in which he had 79 catches for 1248 yards.  In 3/4 of a season last year, he would have been on pace for 65 catches, 1000 yards, and 8 TD's over a full season in a run happy offense.  If anyone is expecting him to make 90 grabs for 1500 yards and 12 TD's in a Rex Ryan offense, it isn't gong to happen because that is not how this team plays football.   He's there to make plays downfield when they need to be made.  And was very successful at that last year.

2) Sanchez came into this league a relatively inexperienced QB.  Risking losing his favorite targe at a crucial time in his development, particularly with Braylon Edwards also on the market, would have been foolish.  The fact is he and Holmes have developed a nice chemistry, and will likely grow into their relationship quite successfully.  

3) Get used to it.  With the new labor deal, guaranteed money is going to be a fact of life.   The 5/50 isn't really the big number here.  The guaranteed $24 million is.  Welcome to life in the NFL in the second decade of the 21st century.

4) I'm not sure what the comparisons to Al Toon and Don Maynard have to do with anything.  Toon was a completely different receiver, a player of greater size and not quite as much speed.  Holmes, even with his missed games, has been in the end zone three more times than Toon at comparable times in their respective careers.  And has more catches than Maynard did playing in the pass happy AFL after his first five seasons.

Holmes is not a perfect player and has hardly been a solid citizen.  What he does represent is a player the Jets had to sign, pretty much at all costs, including a guaranteed $24 million of Woody Johnson's money.

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:08 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

Why? Why do I click on a link with the word Prisco in it?

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:37 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

Hey Pete. 

Why are you bringing up Al Toon ? Wesley Walker was the premier WR of that era. Al Toon had too many concussions to count and IMO was not the player Wesley Walker was. Lets not forget #85 had a glass eye and did his thing for over 10 years with one eye. Now if they had a better QB than Richard Todd and Ken O'Brien, they'd of won it all in the 1980's. Especially 1982.

Rex Ryan has impacted the culture of this team more than Parcells. 4 playoff wins which is the most in Jets history BTW. No Jets teams prior to Rex Ryan's arrival took discounts to play for Gang Green. Lets not rule our Asomugha Island either. After 8 nonplayoff seasons, I doubt he'll sign with SF despite them offering more money due to the Jets' cap constraints.  

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:29 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

It is also confirmed Holmes accepted the "Holmestown Discount" from the Jets too. I am sure Danny Snyder offered Kings Ransom to raid Gang Green just like he did in 2002 when he took Laverneus Coles, Randy Thomas,John Hall and Chad Morton from us. It's great to know Holmes did what winners do. I was honestly worried he'd go to the highest bidder. However, he proved that he wants to finish what he started in NY and lead us to heights he saw in Pittsburgh. 

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:24 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes- Prisco you are CLUELESS

Sidney Rice got 41 mill and 19 guarenteed, Holmes 50 mill and 24 guarenteed, you can't even compare the two, Rice had one good season w Favre.  Holmes has a superbowl mvp, and has clearly been a top 10 receiver the last few yrs , not to mention the huge catches he had w the J-E-T-S last year. This is the market the NFL has created for top players . Wake up Prisco, you are confused dude! 

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:13 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

This Eagles fan MrSimple74 that drinks the Jeff Lurie "Gold Standard" Koolaid doesn't like that the Eagles best WR is going to holdout. Jackson took one for the team last year despite being grossly underpaid. Holmes at 10 mil a year is exactly what Kevin Kolb was paid for 2010 to hold a clipboard by Mr Gold Standard Joe Banner and Jeffrey Lurie. Now that is funny. When the Eagles swiss cheese OL has Vick on IR by midseason, there won't be any trolling on Jets boards I am quite sure.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:07 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

You mean like Wes Welker?

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:01 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

Only took you 1 day into the off-season for your first anti-jets article.  That's got to be a record.  How can you say he's not in the top 10? Saying he's not is a stretch.  You just wish the Pats had anyone of his caliber.

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:41 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

Record-setting deals are almost never signed by the best player at a position, just the best player available.  Today, that's what he was, at least in terms of being the best fit available for their system.  (On the basis of pure ability, I'm not 100% convinced he's better than soon to be FA Roy Williams, but I'm absolutely convinced he's going to have a way better year....)

Don't worry about it, folks.  Andre and Roddy and Larry and Megatron will all get theirs soon enough. 

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:08 pm

Jets go crazy for Holmes

What does rediculous mean ?

What is ridiculous is your assinine post and reading comprehension. I never stated Sanchez is Brady or Manning. Did you not read your own sentence that you posted ? Lets break this down. Sanchez isn't YET an elite QB LIKE Brady and Manning. I confirmed he isn't elite YET. Now the part elite LIKE Brady and Manning. Who is elite in your mind MisterSimplemind ? David Garrard and Ryan Fitzpatrick ? Your rant is as you say "REDICULOUS." 

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