Former Ohio State Great Santonio Holmes Has Been Released by the Jets

By DJ Byrnes on March 10, 2014 at 4:00p

The most shocking thing about this story is that Santonio Holmes is now 30 years-old. From ESPN:

In a long-anticipated move, Holmes was released Monday after a second straight injury-plagued season. His lack of production, coupled with a $10.75 million salary-cap charge in 2014, were the primary reasons behind the Jets' decision.

Only five years ago, Holmes was named Super Bowl MVP as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Holmes, who turned 30 last week, made only 43 receptions over the past two seasons and missed 17 games with foot and hamstring injuries. His LisFranc injury in 2012, which required two operations, was a devastating blow. He made it back for 2013, but he wasn't the same player and ended up tearing a hamstring that cost him five games in the middle of the season.

Football is a business after all, especially when it comes to players on the wrong side of 30. If he wants to still play while taking a paycut, there will be suitors for Santonio Holmes. I think he could prosper being apart of a competitive team and not on a rodeo sideshow to which the Jets have been reduced in recent years.

If this is the end for Santonio's football career, then /salute to an Ohio State legend. Here's Santonio during happier times in the Scarlet and Grey:


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