Just saw this on Rotoworld:
Nothing major, but asking him to restructure is the correct approach.Santonio Holmes - WR - NYJ
ESPN New York suggests the Jets could ask Santonio Holmes to take a pay cut.
Holmes is owed $11 million in 2013, $7.5 million of which is guaranteed. He won't be released. Still, it's a lot to pay for an under-producing wideout coming off two surgeries to repair a Lisfranc fracture. New GM John Idzik has inherited a steaming pile of slop to work through this offseason.
Source: ESPN New York
I don't think it will happen, but Idzik knows the deal.
When Rotoworld starts a blurb with "ESPN New York suggests", it really means "Rich Cimini suggests".
his contract is for 11 mill he is guaranteed 7.75, I could see him taking a 1 mill cut and pushing another 2 to next year.
Personally Id love to see Idzik take the opposite approach. Call Holmes in and simply say the following:
"Im not going to ask you to buy into the team or ask you to be optimistic that we are moving in a new, positive direction. It has become apparent, not only in the Jets FO, but in the league, that you are not a team guy and there isnt much I can do about that, especially since we will be keeping you in 2013 and will be paying you $11 million.
What I can tell you is there is no way in hell you will see one single cent of what you are owed in 2014 unless you have a ridiculous year for this team. I can also assure you that if your production isnt there as the season goes on, we will give your snaps to younger players and you can become a FA with poor stats, and injury history, and a terrible reputation. Good luck with recouping the money you would have had here when you hit the open market with a resume like that.
You are playing 2013 to get the best contract you can in 2014 and beyond, thats it. I know that and you know that, so you should probably do everything you can to have a great season."
While you could argue that this will cause the player to have a bad attitude, or resent the organization etc...with Holmes, that is already true, and he cant do much worse to the team. Plus, we HAVE to pay him in 2013 and are free in 2014, so if he starts his act, we can send him home (like the bucs did with keyshawn) and tank his free agency while not hurting the future of the team.
Its time to take a hardline approach with this guy, and the chips are in our favor to do so.
Holmes to me is "street" if he gets threatened i think it will have the opposite of the desired effect.
Last edited by patman; 02-06-2013 at 11:23 AM.
If he milks the injury, then we PUP him and play a younger guy the first 8 games of the year. If we are winning, it means we have improved QB play, and he might actually want to return and try to boost his value.
1. The ridiculous contract.
2. Even if Santonio comes back and has a monster year worthy of the contract, it will only be a matter of time before he returns to his old ways.
He has to go.
Given that, and the fact that the Jets can reap more than 8M in cap space by cutting him in 2014 as his deal is currently structured, Holmes likely agrees to a real pay cut (say, 5M) in exchange for a guarantee of his 2014 salary. It's a net win for him over being cut, getting 7.75M this year, and significantly less in 2014.