As the New York Jets offseason begins during the NFL playoffs, GM John Idzik is facing some very pressing questions regarding his personnel for the 2014 campaign. Part of that decision making is whether the second year general manager wants to continue forward with wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Holmes has already expressed his interest to remain in green and white for another year, even going so far as to agree to take a pay cut to stay.
Should Idzik take up Holmes on his offer, this would mark the second such pay cut for the former Super Bowl MVP. Last offseason, Holmes saw his salary reduced to $7.5 million after a $3.5 million pay cut. Hampered by lingering effects from a Lisfranc injury sustained in 2012, Holmes failed to have a stand out year and risks being cut to shed salary.
Despite his offer to take a cut, it just seems to make a lot more sense to cut Holmes now. The Jets stand to free up just over $8 million in cap space by letting the injury-prone receiver go. In nine games this year, Holmes managed to rack up a mere 18 receptions and finish with less than 400 total yards receiving. His lack of production does not warrant his salary and Idzik could find a bargain receiver who can provide him with stats rivaling those of Holmes.
Filling the void should Holmes depart would be Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill, both of whom established a good connection with rookie Geno Smith towards the end of the year. The team is also likely to pursue a few names in free agency as well as the draft and is poised to make a big splash this offseason due to the number of expiring contracts that will free up cap space. Should New York choose to keep Holmes, they would be making a colossal mistake by investing money in a player who is just nowhere near the same caliber he was when he won the Super Bowl MVP award. It would appear that Holmes' time as a member of the Jets is over.