Will 2013 Be Santonio Holmes’ Last Year as a New York Jet?

By Nick Mamary
The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

There has been a major upheaval for the New York Jets in recent months. Leadership was lost especially on defense. Young players were brought in to help fortify these areas. This side of the ball has been solid under head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan’s unit has finished in the top 10 when it comes to yards allowed. I bring the statistic to show how solid one aspect has been. However, offense struggled greatly last year and one key player could be moving on soon.

New York acquired Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. Holmes provided a solid target for quarterback Mark Sanchez. He had been viewed as his team’s number one receiver prior to going down early last season. Since joining New York, Holmes has registered 16 touchdown receptions. Now, as he attempts to return from a Lisfranc injury, uncertainty lingers.

Holmes showed good character by restructuring his contract with the Jets. This move provided his team with extra financial flexibility that was badly needed. As it stands, Holmes would count $10 million against the cap in 2014. Their receiving corps continues to face questions in the present as far a talent.

Stephen Hill enters his second year needing to improve his catching. He brings a combination of size and speed, but he drops too many passes at crucial times. Braylon Edwards remains unsigned and Clyde Gates only helps in certain situations. In the long-term though, emerging slot receiver Jeremy Kerley could make him expendable. It is early to delve too deep into the 2014 NFL Draft, however, the class features seniors like Jordan Mathews from Vanderbilt. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins should shake things if he chooses to forgo his senior year. Any of these prospects could potentially replace Holmes should the Jets choose to go in a different direction.

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