From the moment the season ended, the New York Jets said divisive wide receiver Santonio Holmes wasn't going anywhere. Now it's official.
The Jets' financial commitment to Holmes practically doubled on Wednesday, meaning they're locked into him for $15.25 million in guarantees. A $7.5 million guarantee (most of his 2013 salary) was triggered by being on the roster after the second day of the waiver period, which was Tuesday.
Holmes already was guaranteed his 2012 salary, $7.75 million, the second year of the five-year, $45 million contract he signed last summer.
Unwilling to cut him loose and eat that much money, the Jets made it clear from the start of the offseason they were committed to making it work with Holmes, whose rift with quarterback Mark Sanchez became public at the end of a disappointing 8-8 season.
Coach Rex Ryan, in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com at the Super Bowl, said Sanchez and Holmes spoke by phone and were trying to schedule a sit-down, perhaps even a weekend-long meeting, in an attempt to resolve their differences.
This guy is a cancer and they just doubled his salary, even after he quit in the last game of the season. I think the Jets are sliding backwards. Sorry D. At least you won't have to divide your loyalties between them and your Patriots.