This is a common theory about Santonio Holmes

If you are being paid $7.5 million, you need to go out, and play your butt off.

I keep hearing the following perspective on Santonio Holmes, and I find it troubling.

“Holmes is no dummy,” Dan Hanzus wrote on “He knows the Jets will move on from him and his bloated salary after this season. Like Jairus Byrd in Buffalo, Holmes’ recovery process comes with one eye on a future that doesn’t involve his current team.”

There is no way to know if Holmes is thinking this way, but he did say on Wednesday, “I have a long career and I don’t want to go out there and do anything to jeopardize that.”

Nobody expects him to go out and play if he’s hurt.

But the Jets are playing him a fortune this year, so this “eye to the future” theory is very unfair to this current club.

And plus, he will be 30 next year.

Receivers that age aren’t that much in demand (ask Braylon Edwards), especially a player a year removed from a serious foot injury, and a personality that isn’t for everyone.

So this idea that Holmes could be saving himself for his next contract is overblown.

Because if he does play, he probably looking at a very low salary. He’s not going to break the bank, that’s for sure.


Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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