NFL receivers can sometimes gain reputations for having volatile personalities. Past examples like Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens demonstrate how players at this position can desire attention even more than team success. The New York Jets may have one of these individuals.
Santonio Holmes was acquired from the Pittsburg Steelers in 2010 for a fifth-round selection. Given previous production, many around football were stunned that Pittsburgh received such little compensation.
Holmes came up huge during their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. In his first two seasons in New York, he collected 14 touchdowns. Talent should not be taken lightly as this player demonstrates game-breaking ability when healthy. Off- field issues are the largest concerns.
In Gang Green’s 2011 season finale, Holmes was witnessed screaming at quarterback Mark Sanchez. A history of poor attitude has at times overshadowed positive traits. After going down early last season with a severe leg injury, the Jets were left without their most proven offensive weapon.
Recent reports have been conflicting in regards to his status. One story read that the entire season could be missed. ESPN stated that something like four games is more realistic.
As Holmes continues rehabilitation, there is suspicion that his full effort may not be on display. New York could cut their receiver after 2013 to save $10.75 million. I understand that he must think long-term about his injury, but contracts are something players should honor. With such uncertainty at receiver, the Jets need Holmes back as soon as possible so that issues can be resolved down the road.