Jets Release Santonio Holmes

credit to it's rightful owner.

credit to it’s rightful owner.

And like that, Santonio Holmes’ time with the Jets is over, at least for now.

Monday afternoon the Jets made it official when they announced that Holmes has been released, saving the team more than $8 million in the 2014 salary cap.

After his breakout season in 2009 the Steelers traded Holmes to the Jets following some off the field issues. He would eventually sign a five-year, $45 million deal with the Jets but he just never seemed to live up to the hype of that one season.

“I appreciate Tone’s contributions over the last four seasons,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “I’ve always admired his knack for making the clutch play. He’s a tremendous competitor who wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. I wish him nothing but the best.”

At the age of 30 and after years of injury plagued seasons, Holmes will most likely need to take a substantial pay cut in order to play in the NFL again. With the right team, he might be able to still produce at a worthwhile level, but chances are he falls into a rotation somewhere.

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