The Jets have maintained that Santonio Holmes was going to return next season despite his highly publicized rift with quarterback Mark Sanchez. Now that Holmes is still a Jet Thursday, there's little doubt he's going anywhere.
Because Holmes was on the Jets' roster Wednesday -- two days after the start of the NFL's 2012 waiver wire period -- $7.5 million of the wide receiver's 2013 salary is fully guaranteed. His $7.75-million salary for 2012 was already guaranteed, which means the Jets are on the hook for at least $15.25 million guaranteed over the next two seasons with Holmes.
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Any team interested in trading for Holmes would have to pick up his contract and fit him into its salary structure, which would be difficult to do under the current salary-cap system.
The Jets repeatedly have said they weren't going to cut ties with Holmes, whom some teammates accused of quitting in the season-ending loss at Miami.
Last week in Indianapolis, Rex Ryan said he expected Sanchez and Holmes to get together -- just the two of them -- soon and begin trying to repair their relationship.
"Last time I had talked to them, they had planned that," Ryan said on the red carpet before the NFL Honors awards Saturday night. "So that will be good. When you look at it, obviously there was a problem. But now it's more of a thing where the first year they had good chemistry together and this year, something happened and they have to fix it.
"They owe it to our football team to fix it."
The player sent in to replace Holmes on the final drive against the Dolphins, wide receiver Patrick Turner, has signed a one-year, $875,000 deal that includes a $250,000 signing bonus, a source confirmed.
Turner made eight receptions for 96 yards last season and scored the first touchdown of his three-year career in the Week 17 loss to the Dolphins.