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Santonio Holmes willing to take a pay cut to remain a Jet
Money is no object -- and apparently no obstacle for Santonio Holmes.
The Jets No. 1 receiver said Wednesday that he’s willing to take a pay cut in order to remain with the team for “the next couple of years.”
Holmes, who agreed to restructure his contract this past offseason, said he wouldn’t be opposed to taking a pay cut next season, if that’s what management wants.
“Anything for the team. Anything for the team,” repeated the receiver, whose 2013 salary dropped from $11 million to $7.5 million, according to NFLPA records.
When a reporter joked that his willingness to take less money would depend on how much the Jets were considering, Holmes replied: “Probably not. With the production, comes big pay. So do your job.”
The problem is, Holmes’ production hasn’t been on par with the five-year, $45.25-million contract he signed in 2011. He missed all but four games in 2012 due to a Lisfranc injury and has missed five games this season because of nagging foot and hamstring injuries.
Holmes, however, doesn’t think his injury history should automatically warrant a discussion about a pay cut. But he nevertheless is willing to accept one for the Jets’ sake.
“I wouldn’t agree with it because you can’t do anything about injuries. They occur,” he said. “First time I’ve been injured in my career.
“But like I said, for the team, sacrifices are to be made.”
Holmes also reiterated his desire to remain a Jet for the duration of his contract (which expires after the 2015 season) and to play for Rex Ryan.
“He brought me here, gave me an opportunity to play for him and I would love to play for him for the next couple of years and even retire here. He and I both.”