Posted August 11, 2013

Report: New York Jets believe Santonio Holmes may be “milking” injury

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Jets receiver Santonio Holmes missed the final 12 games of 2012 with a Lisfranc injury. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes remains sidelined while recovering multiple foot surgeries to repair a severe Lisfranc injury and is expected to miss the entire preseason and possibly regular-season games.

But some within the Jets organization believe Holmes may be “milking the injury” to avoid training camp and ensure that his potential free-agent stock doesn’t drop, according to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini.

Holmes is owed $7.5 million in 2013 after agreeing to a restructured contract in March, and the Jets are expected to cut him after the season to avoid paying his $10.75 cap number in 2014.

From the report:

If he re-injures his foot, he’ll be damaged goods next offseason or, worse, could be forced to retire. So you can bet he’ll take his sweet time, hoping to maximize his value. Some people say they wouldn’t be shocked to see him in October at the earliest. The minority opinion is that he’s dragging it out to avoid training camp, and that he’ll crank it up in a couple of weeks to get ready for the season opener. With him, you never know.

The 29-year-old has largely underperformed since the Jets acquired him in a trade with the Steelers and signed him to a five-year, $45-million deal.

His receiving yard total has dropped from 746 in his first season (2010) to 654 in 2011 and 272 in four games in 2012, and he has caused numerous distractions, including a suspension in 2010 and a benching in 2011.

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42 comments
welcomeespn
welcomeespn

does he need someone to sign a cast for a small fee?

- Johnny Manziel

Jim21
Jim21

For a guy with pretty paltry receiving totals, he sure gets a lot of coverage. This guy would be a third receiving option on most teams, a 2nd only on desperate teams and well... a number one on the Jets. Gosh, they suck.  

playLIKEyourFAKEfianceJUSTdied
playLIKEyourFAKEfianceJUSTdied

A Lisfranc fracture is not an easy injury to recover from.....these anonymous sources should keep their traps shut

Jean
Jean

Tebow is in Boston laughing his arse off.

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

The Jets are so starve hungry for offensive playmakers they are willing to put up w/ this clown for another year.

rheffero
rheffero

The good news for the Jets.is that they traded 2 draft picks to get this underperfoming malcontent. That was 2 more picks that Tannebaum did not get a chance to miss on.

Pittsburgh got the best of that deal.

captyack
captyack

Cowardly journalism - who in the Jets organization thinks that?  A coach, another player, a personnel type or the friggin' water boy?   Rumor, hearsay, speculation based on seemingly nothing.  The kind of reporting I could have made up while sitting on my toilet taking a dump.  Pathetic Mr. Kotloff.  Get back to us with some details, otherwise it looks like you're just making it up.

Matthew W
Matthew W

He can always head back to the street corner to sling some crack.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

So...a guy want's to make extra-sure a serious, difficult injury is healed, and the team trashes him with news leaks.

I'm beginning to see why Jets fans dislike their own team so much.   Well done, Jets! 

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

Supposedly, he'll be 110% and ready to go when they open the season against Miami...

This is a story about Derrick Rose, right?

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Who can blame the guy.  The Jets are going to SUCK this year and if he did get out there he may very well be the first player to ever punch is QB in the huddle.  Who wants to play with Sanchez still being put on the field?  I don't think Santonio does. 

OnePass
OnePass

He should play in Chicago where medical clearance and not playing even during the playoffs is totally acceptable.

rma101560
rma101560

The Jets are a disaster film looking for a place for the sequel.  Sanchez doesn't have the team's confidence. Tebow was a mistake from the start.  Geno Smith is nobody's franchise quarterback.  And running his mouth off above all that is Rex Ryan.  He's got something on that owner or he would have been gone a couple years ago.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

I'm astonished that a stand up guy like Holmes with a great reputation would be accused of such a thing.



belindian
belindian

That's right.  He's trying to maximize his value by not playing and not giving himself the chance to put up big numbers.  He should rush back after the Jets admitted they are going to cut him next year.

leon1376
leon1376

The Jets are going to be fun to watch this year. Kind of like watching a gaggle of nuns at a Hells Angel's cookout. Got receivers running improvisational routes and running backs "running back", not forward. Sanchez in peeved because he lost his favorite headband. Meanwhile, Geno Smith is doing his "George Jefferson walk" every time the huddle breaks. Plus lots of little ticky-tack injuries that put people on the bench until Ryan leaves. Speaking of the which, what's the over/under of Rex the Wonder Coach having a catonic fit on the sidelines when Darth Belichik puts in Tebow running the read option?  Tebow was only 4 for 10 against the Eagles but he ran the option down their throats. Rex the Wonder Coach refused to play Tebow but Belichik and McDaniels have constructed an entire portion of their offense around him. At 6'3" and 245, with 4.5 speed, Tebow is probably the best option QB in the country.

NWBill
NWBill

Those poor Jets! Their dysfunctional team and organization looks to be headed on a downward slope, while the rest of the teams in the division are going in the opposite direction. Don't worry, Jets fans - you won't get any mockery from Buffalo, because Bills fans can relate. But, this year, the Bills seem to have been reborn; time will tell, of course, but all in all, I'd rather be a Bills fan than a Jets fan.


Dump your wacky, overrated coach, reconsider your GM, and then clean the roster of deadwood. It's the only way out of the forest, and back into the hunt towards winning seasons. Just take a look at Buffalo and Miami's offseasons .... you need to make the same moves, in order to prevent living in the division basement.

retsub
retsub

As a long time Jets fan,I hope Mr. Idzik can bring some sense to an organization that would give an idiot like Holmes that contract AND make him a captain. This may be a trying season but I have faith that things will turn in the next year or two.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Isn't it nice to see such trust between player and management? This seems to explain why the Jets are such a screwed up organization. 

kj4027
kj4027

There was a reason Pittsburgh didn't resign him. Only my Jets would continually make stupid personnel decisions.

playLIKEyourFAKEfianceJUSTdied
playLIKEyourFAKEfianceJUSTdied

@Jean yep.....its a rip roaring good time at gangland central.....he's so happy in fact he could only go 4-12 because of all the belly laughs

GumpsterWorsley
GumpsterWorsley

Remember, this reflects Holmes' behavior pattern with the Steelers. Once he was named MVP of the '09 SB, and got a fat contract extension, he became the unmotivated malcontent some of us suspected him to be all along. Holmes WILL RISE to the occasion for the Jets this season, but only when training camp is done. Assuming he has a good season, he will then be set for the bidding war in his near future. Once signed with his new team, his tried and true behavior patterns will manifest themselves again. I truly hope that he becomes gainfully UNEMPLOYED ASAP. He deserves it.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@OnePass  

What a nasty, nasty thing to say.  Cutler was held out, against his own will.  He could barely walk.

I'm not a big Cutler fan, but I'm even less a fan of bandwagon mud-slingers.

Jean
Jean

@rma101560 How do you know anything about Tebow---your Idiot team was too Stupid to use him.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@leon1376 The real question in the Tebow story and the Sanchez story is this: whose decision was it? The GM's or the owner's? It's a bit like the Alfonso Soriano story with the Yankees. Whose decision was that?  GM Cashman's or owner Steinbrenner's? Jerra in Dallas and Danny Boy in D.C. aren't ther only meddling owners in the NFL who force their GM's into making bad decisions. I think Woodie Johnson belongs in that group as well.

me1
me1

@leon1376 LOL...there was 32,883 offensive plays last year. How many of them could be called an "option" in any form of the word?  Go ahead...show your knowledge of the game...


ANSWER: 463. Now that equates to 1.4% of all offensive plays. If the "option" was such a powerful force in the NFL, you would think it would rank higher than that. 

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

@NWBill they are actually heading in a better direction but will have to endure at least 1-2 more years of sanchez because of his contract- thats why tennenbaum was fired. 

Markus
Markus

@retsub 

OMG I forgot he was a team captain!!  What does this say about the rest of the team if he is the cream of the crop?  LOLOL

rma101560
rma101560

@retsub : as Long as Rex Ryan and/or Mark Sanchez are involved, the Jets aren't turning anywhere but south.  That is where this season is already headed.

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

@Rickapolis not surprised to hear this- holmes was never a top tier WR... but this happens everywhere.  (and in every sport- see Derek Rose in Chicago for not playing when he was cleared for months) ..  but especially football because players contracts are not guaranteed.   no team in the league would keep holmes and his 12MM for next year.  he knows it-  so in his selfish head, why risk the injury?  he hurts that foot again and hes done-  will still get cut by the jets and wont sign anywhere.  or get a decent contract.     

Markus
Markus

@kj4027 

Good point..........but it was worse than that.  The Jets TRADED for him, giving the My Steelers a 5th round draft pick.  How Foolish !!

djm4672
djm4672

@me1 @leon1376 Yes. And the bulk of those 463 were Kapernick and Wilson. I think they may have had decent years. Sheesh.

leon1376
leon1376

@me1 @leon1376 Well tie me to an anthill and smear my manly parts with strawberry jam. With your head bursting with all that football knowledge, you sure enough got me beat. All seriousness aside however, in the world of professional football, each year has little influence on the one that follows. It's like trying to handicap a horse race by analyzing the winners in the previous race. There are just too many variables. The reason why the option isn't run more in the NFL is that pro defenses are too fast. But a "hybrid" quarterback may be just the ticket. If you have a big, durable quarterback like a Tebow who can run or pass out of the same set, then the defense is kept guessing right up until the ball is snapped. If it becomes a guessing game, then the offense wins because they know where they're going 100% of the time and the defense might guess right 50% of the time, if that. 

danboz11
danboz11

@jimmyjon_55555 @Rickapolis So let me get this straight, he's selfish for putting himself in a position to keep playing instead of possibly having to retire?  Boy, so selfish.

danboz11
danboz11

@Markus @kj4027 He was worth the risk, especially for such a meaningless pick.  It's just no matter how good a WR is, doesn't matter when they don't have a QB that can throw.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@OnePass @MidwestGolfFan Being medically cleared and being ready are two different things.  Shows how dumb the Bulls are, why embarrass your best player like that?  Plus seeing the way the Bulls medical staff has treated other players, I wouldn't trust them either.  Besides, if you're not mentally ready, you're not ready.