NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Don’t let the Steelers memorabilia fool you, Santonio Holmes expects to be back with the Jets.
Surrounded by Pittsburgh’s black and gold in a video posted to Facebook, Holmes sounded confident about his return to New York.
“Sorry Jets fans, that not enough Jets stuff is here,” said the wide receiver. “But trust me, as soon as I sign back with the Jets, everything will be taken care of.”
The video was taped over the weekend, during Holmes’ 27th birthday party at his mother’s house.
Last week, the Jets placed a first- and third-round tender on Holmes.
That means another team would have to give up a first- and third-round pick to sign him — at least under the current collective bargaining agreement. But the players’ situation could change depending on the outcome of the NFL’s labor negotiations.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum praised both Holmes and Braylon Edwards in January for helping Mark Sanchez through the regular season and in the playoffs, and said he would like to maintain the chemistry the trio developed.
“We’ll see what the system looks like moving forward,” he said. “We hope to keep them all.”
Holmes is a game-changing receiver with a Super Bowl MVP award on his resume. His career with the Jets got off to a slow start after sitting out the first four games due to an NFL-imposed suspension. But, he certainly made up for lost time by becoming one of Mark Sanchez’s go-to receivers, especially late in games.
That’s what the Jets were taking a chance on last April, when the Steelers made him available after four sometimes troublesome seasons in Pittsburgh. Tannenbaum knew there were some off-field issues to manage and were the reason a guy of Holmes’ talent — he had a career-high 79 catches and 1,248 yards receiving last season — was even available.
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