By Eric Schmidt

Despite being benched for the final game of the regular season and feuding with QB Mark Sanchez, WR Santonio Holmes remains a member of the New York Jets. This morning was the deadline for the New York Jets organization to make a decision on Santonio Holmes and whether or not he would remain on the club due to a trigger in his contract. If he remained on the roster as of this morning, Holmes has now hit the escalator in his contract which guarantees him $7.5 million dollars of his 2013 contract.

The New York Jets are now guaranteed to pay Holmes $15.25 million over the next two seasons.

Holmes was referred to as being a “cancer” in the locker room by an unnamed player after the conclusion of the regular season. NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi suggested that the guaranteed contracts which the Jets have filled their roster with are the root of some of the problems surrounding the organization currently. “If Santonio is on the team in February, he’s guaranteed the next year. I think whenever you have a locker room controlled by guaranteed money, it’s tough to fix,” said Lombardi.

Holmes played a full slate of 16 games in 2011 but posted a career low yardage total, catching 51 receptions for just 654 yards. The Jets offense struggled in 2011, prompting the team to part ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Former head coach Tony Sparano was hired to assume the role of offensive coordinator for the Jets in 2012.

 

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