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Holmes, as expected, still a Jet

New York Jets' Santonio Holmes is escorted out

New York Jets' Santonio Holmes is escorted out of the Jets' locker room in Florham Park, N.J. (Jan. 2, 2012) Credit: AP

Santonio Holmes really isn't going anywhere now.

Since he's still on the Jets' roster today -- two days after the start of the NFL's 2012 waiver wide period -- $7.5 million of the wide receiver's 2013 salary is now fully guaranteed. That means the Jets are on the hook for at least $15.25 million guaranteed over the next two seasons with Holmes.

Holmes' $7.75 million salary for 2012 was already guaranteed, which made it highly unlikely the Jets were going to part ways with him given the massive salary cap hit they would've taken. The Jets have repeatedly said they weren't going to cut ties with Holmes, who feuded with quarterback Mark Sanchez and was accused by some of his teammates of quitting in the Jets' season-ending loss in Miami.

Last week, 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 in Indianapolis. “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, obviously something happened and they have to fix it.

"They owe it to our football team to fix it."

Coincidentally, the guy who was sent in to replace Holmes on that final drive in the season finale against the Dolphins -- wideout Patrick Turner -- has been signed to a one-year, $875,000 deal that includes a $250,000 signing bonus, a source confirmed.

Turner had eight receptions for 96 yards this past season, and scored his first career touchdown of his three-year career in the Jets' season-ending loss.


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