When Jerricho Cotchery first heard the Jets landed Super Bowl XVIII MVP Santonio Holmes for merely a fifth-round selection in next week's draft, something just didn't sound right.
"My first thoughts were, I first saw the fifth-round pick and I’m trying to figure out what else," Jotchery said not long ago while standing in front of his locker here at The Hangar. "What else? Is that it? That’s it? I was just thinking like, 'Wow.' A guy coming off a great season – I know he had off-field incidents or whatever – but a fifth-round pick, that’s kind of unheard of.
"But I was happy that were able to get someone and not send out a first-round pick or anything else. We were able to send off a fifth-round pick and get a great player."
And that player gives the Jets a myriad of weapons at wide receiver now, a position that was the biggest question mark surrounding this team last season besides, of course, starting a rookie quarterback. Cotchery believes Holmes' arrival is going to make it extremely difficult for opposing defenses to key on just one player.
"When he gets here, all of us will be able to have that versatility where we can move around and you can’t figure out where we’re gonna be," Cotchery said. "We have a long list of weapons, so I think a lot of opposing coordinators are looking at that right now and are scratching their heads. They’re thinking about drafting a lot of people that can try to cover us."
The Jets' latest acquisition wasn't around today, but is expected to join the team's voluntary workouts here beginning next Monday. Holmes' new teammates are already embracing him with open arms and veteran fullback Tony Richardson said he'd like to be one of the people Holmes comes to whenever he needs someone to talk to.
"We are going to welcome him in," Richardson said. "The more guys that we can have that are that talented ... I think he’ll fit in really well with us, and I’m looking forward to getting to know him and can’t wait to get to work. I know he’s a special player and I think it’s going to be a great addition for our football team."