NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jets owner Woody Johnson supports quarterback Mark Sanchez.

He also stands behind wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

While Johnson wouldn’t slam the door on the possibility of landing quarterback Peyton Manning, he did announce the team’s embattled wideout will return to the Jets next season.

“I have a good relationship with Santonio,” Johnson said. “He’s going to have a fresh start this year and I think he’ll take advantage of it. He knows it’s important to him, it’s important to us.”

Some Jets players might not feel the same way. According to multiple reports throughout the season and after, Holmes was a malcontent in the locker room.

Holmes was highly critical of the offensive line during the season and clearly had some tension with his quarterback. It all came to a head in the season finale at Miami when Holmes was benched late in the game after arguing with teammates in the huddle.

Even running back LaDainian Tomlinson admitted the stars may not be able to coexist.

“They’ve won a lot of games together and one is good for the other,” Johnson said. “Santonio makes the quarterback a lot better and vice versa. So they have a good reason to iron this thing out and I think they can do it.”

Johnson acknowledged that he might sit down with the two, either individually or together, at some point. While he added that Holmes will definitely be back, the Jets are tied to Holmes financially after they gave him a five-year, $45 million deal last offseason — something the owner doesn’t regret.

“He may be one of the best players we’ve ever had here,” said Johnson said, who added that he was troubled by the perception that Holmes quit on the team as the season ended.

As for Sanchez? Johnson was coy on Manning but stood behind No. 6 nonetheless.

“We have a lot of confidence in Mark. We think he’s our guy,” said Johnson. “We’re blessed that we have a guy that we feel can climb the ladder and he can do everything. He’s got the work ethic and has all the ingredients in place to be a great quarterback.”

Are you happy or annoyed that Holmes will be back? Sound off below…

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Comments (8)
  1. bigboss2900 says:

    it not santonio holmes who make trouble it mark sanchez he not throw ball to him beause he have trouble read play call .I WANT SANTONIO HOLMES BACK I DON’T WANT MARK SANCHEZ BACK I WANT PAYTON MANNNING HAS NEW YORK JETS QUARTERBACK .

  2. kulagrl says:

    Come on people, wake up…Santonio may have went about it in the wrong way, but is he really wrong? First of all, he barely got the ball this year and second of all Sanchez did not get the protection he needed. Can we really be surprised? Expectations were very high for them this year after being in the AFC championship twice. This year they did not even make the playoffs. I am sure they will work it out. Rex and Mike will see to it.

    1. Yolanda Arenas says:

      True, Mark did not get the protection from his offensive line like he did the past two years. The team needs to step it up.

  3. ariegs says:

    Simple math…highly talented WR + pathetically incompetent QB = unhappy WR

    1. Yolanda Arenas says:

      Sanchez is not incompetent, his offense failed him.

  4. doug1973 says:

    Holmes needs to go! He is a malcontent. We need help on the offensive line as well as a good running back. I have seen some mock drafts that have the Jets getting Alabama’s rb with their first pick. That would help. We also need a backup Qb that could enter the game if Sanchez struggles, i’ve heard Brady Quinn’s name thrown around, that would be better then where we stand now. I love the Jets and hope for a playoff return next year. Gotta Believe!

  5. B.Nelson says:

    I read this article and decided to ask for the gift receipts to all the Jets gear I received this Christmas. The pillow that looks like a bear, the folding chair, and both replica jerseys are going back. Keeping Santonio Hol”ME”s on the team roster is a financial decision I will not support. I find it funny that a man who runs a drug company doesn’t see the value of ridding the cancer in the teams locker room for the bargain basement price of 7.5 million dollars.Instead he will risk his billion dollar franchise while alienating the fan base. Seems penny wise and pound foolish to me.

  6. C.jones says:

    This is the reason the nyj will not be champions. The owner woody johnson and coach rex ryan are full of hot air. Signed c.jones jet fan

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