Holmes says he would not sign RFA tender

Posted April 09, 2011 @ 7:13 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Jets WR Santonio Holmes still wants a long-term contract, and doesn't plan to sign his restricted free-agent tender.

Holmes told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about the RFA tender: "I probably wouldn't sign it. Because I played five years to wait for my contract to come up in my sixth year. And that's what I want. I don't want to sign a one-year deal. I don't want to play anywhere for one year."

Holmes received a first- and third-round tender, which would earn him around $3.5 million if the 2010 rules are in place for 2011, designating him a restricted free agent. In a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Holmes would likely be unrestricted and able to test free agency.

"I'm a free agent this year. Whatever my agent brings to the table — the best deal for me — I'm pretty sure that's where we'll end up. I would love (to play for the Jets). But whatever happens, happens," he said.

The way we see it

Considering the lack of progress in negotiating a new CBA, chances are a 2011 season would be played under 2010 rules, and Holmes would apparently hold out. This becomes another casualty of the lockout and the labor situation. The Jets want to hold onto Holmes, but weren't ready to commit long-term with the looming uncertainty. Now they sit with the uncertainty of Holmes' future with the team when the season does begin.