Holmes likely to remain with Jets
It appears Santonio Holmes is sticking around — just as the New York Jets said he would.
NEW YORK — It appears Santonio Holmes is sticking around — just as the New York Jets said he would.
By remaining on the roster through the second day of the NFL's waiver period Tuesday, the talented but troublesome wide receiver will get $15.25 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons. A clause in Holmes' five-year contract signed last offseason kicked in Wednesday morning.
Holmes' future appeared murky with the Jets after a tumultuous season in which he feuded with quarterback Mark Sanchez and the offensive line, and was benched during the season finale in Miami for arguing in the huddle.
Still, owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan all insisted that Holmes would remain with the team despite the squabbles.
Holmes, already guaranteed his salary for next season, had a $7.5 million guarantee for the 2013 season kick in after Tuesday. While the Jets could still theoretically cut him or try to trade him, the financial commitment makes that an unlikely scenario.
"To dismiss some of the good things that Santonio has done for the two years he's been here, he's been a tremendous player for us," Ryan said last month. "He's won a ton of games for this franchise. And he's been a good teammate."
Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison had some harsh words for tight end Rob Gronkowski, telling ESPN Chicago Radio 1000 the young Patriots tight end "disrespected himself" by dancing and taking off his shirt at a postgame party after the Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.
"I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, (Gronkowski) probably would have got his head rung," said Harrison, who admitted he had not seen the video or photos of Gronkowski dancing. "There's no reason for that to happen."
Harrison added: "When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt. It's just immaturity. It's not right. He made a mistake, and I'm sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There's a time and place for everything."