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Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum says Santonio Holmes hasn't worked out

Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum looks on

Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum looks on from the sideline before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Credit: Getty, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Asked during a WFAN radio interview if he regrets giving Santonio Holmes a $45.25-million contract in 2011, former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Holmes hasn't lived up to the money.

"You're always looking for playmakers," said Tannenbaum, who traded a fifth-round pick to the Steelers for Holmes in 2010 and re-signed him to a multiyear deal the next season. "Obviously, he hasn't played as well as the contract we gave him. So right now, that doesn't look like a great decision."

Tannenbaum still believes, however, that Holmes is a playmaker. "Obviously for a lot of reasons, including injury, he hasn't played as well. But there's still a lot of talent there," said Tannenbaum, now an agent.

Tannenbaum -- who was fired in January after a 6-10 season and replaced by John Idzik -- also shouldered the blame for the lack of depth at skill positions and the release of fan favorites Jerricho Cotchery and Danny Woodhead during his tenure.

Eyes on the prize

A day after Holmes said he's willing to take a pay cut to remain a Jet, Rex Ryan said he wants everyone's focus to be on the Browns. "He wants to be a Jet -- I think we all do," Ryan said. "That's a whole locker room that wants to be Jets and they're proud to be Jets and that makes me feel good. There's no question about that. But my point would be about, let's finish this job, let's put every bit of our attention to detail on Cleveland, and I'm talking to myself as well."

Jet streams

Asked about the blocked punt last week in Carolina, special-teams coordinator Ben Kotwica said, "I've got to do a better job of training that unit." The Jets used a three-gunner formation to stop return man Ted Ginn Jr., which allowed an unblocked linebacker (Jason Williams) to rush the long snapper, Tanner Purdum, and block the punt. "Any time you have a critical mistake, you regret that action," Kotwica said.

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