My colleague Kenny Gardner wrote an excellent piece today chronicling the recent injury woes the San Diego Chargers have suffered at the wide receiver position. He makes a very interesting proposal in the article, arguing that the Chargers should trade for New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes. In fact, he believes the Chargers would offer as much as a pair of third round picks for Holmes.
If the Chargers come calling with that offer for Holmes, the Jets wouldn’t be able to say yes fast enough.
When the Jets traded for Holmes in 2010, he was thought to be the answer to their receiving woes. For the first season he was, as he posted 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns, recording many of those receptions in clutch situations. However, his production tailed off badly in 2011, as he posted very similar numbers to 2010 despite playing in four additional games.
To top it off, he was a cancer in the locker room who absolutely destroyed team unity. Holmes became so unbearable to his teammates that he actually got in a fight with offensive lineman Wayne Hunter during the Jets’ final game of the season against the Miami Dolphins.
Last season, Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury in the fourth game of the season, causing him to go on injured reserve and leaving his status for the beginning of this season very questionable. Holmes is scheduled to make $22 million over the next three seasons, and that is money that the Jets have no desire to spend.
The Holmes/Jets relationship is fractured beyond repair, and the team fully intends on cutting him after this season. Holmes has been repeatedly accused of milking his injury this preseason, and many fans believe he has no intention of playing at all this season. At the very least, Holmes is very likely to begin the season on the PUP list.
Removing Holmes’ salary from the books is just the beginning of the positives for the Jets. Getting his presence and personality out of the locker room is huge, as it will prevent him from corrupting young players like Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley. The Jets aren’t going to win with or without Holmes this season, so there is no motivation to keep him.
Getting value for a player they are going to dump anyway would be a great move by the Jets. Getting as much as multiple third or fourth round picks would be an absolute steal for them. I don’t know if trading Holmes to San Diego is actually an option for New York, but I do know that if it is it would be a dream scenario for the Jets.