Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rex thanks 'clutch competitor' Holmes for his time


Wide receiver Santonio Holmes' stay with the Jets was tumultuous at times. There were also some big moments.

Holmes hauled in eight touchdowns in each of his first two seasons with Gang Green, many either game-winners or impact plays.

However, his production and health dipped off the past two years, and his $8.3 million cap number for 2014 was all the incentive the Jets needed to release him, which the team did Monday in preparation for their likely pursuit of a top free agent receiver.

"I appreciate Tone's contributions over the last four seasons," coach Rex Ryan said Monday, via NewYorkJets.com. "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."

New York can begin snagging players out of the open market when free agency begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. The free agent class of No. 1 and 2 wideouts is relatively deep. Beyond that, the draft will be loaded with top talent, so the Jets are primed to stock up on pass-catchers.

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