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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Deadly Nuts's picture

So they are releasing Holmes but still have Sanchez around?


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osu07asu10's picture

Rex didn't tattoo Santonio's jersey on his leg tat of his wife..

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FrontOfficeJT's picture

They will release Sanchez by the 15th. I wonder who Holmes will sign with? 


osu07asu10's picture

If the Browns give $6mil in guaranteed money to Davone Bess, can't do much worse to see if Santonio has something left in the tank!

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WezBuck28's picture

The browns!!! That's the cool thing to do now a days I guess..not a browns fan , just being sarcastic..

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Santonio was a beast to watch.  Loved the guy during his time in Cbus.  One of my all time great Buckeyes.  I'm sure he has enough cheddar to ride off into the sunset.  I'm hoping he makes it into the booth someday. 

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osu07asu10's picture

I'm hoping he makes it into the booth someday.

I know Ohio State players fare pretty well in their post playing day media jobs, and the media will employ rapists (Sharper), murderers (R. Lewis) and a rapist-murder (Craig James, killed 5 hookers)...but Santonio certainly does not fit the mold of someone destined for the booth.


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chemicalwaste's picture

Santonio Holmes admitted to selling weed when he was in Miami and punched his girlfriend so he'll fit right in. Classy guy. He also males up stories about super bowl winning catches to make himself look like the start that he really wasn't. Good player, yes. Not Craig James, but they could hang out.

route4buckeye's picture

Santonio is 30... I feel old. the 2005 team was the first team I really watched every game and knew all the names of the players. Damn.

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NewEraBuckeyes's picture

You?!? I remember knowing all the players from the 94-95 seasons! Man time really flies!

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kevdale86's picture

Try back in the mid seventies, whippersnappers! Or should I say newbs?

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RocknRollover's picture

Am I the only one that initially thought that was a joint in Holmes' mouth?

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osubuckeye4life's picture

Guilty here also it fits so well with the smoke in the background. 

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chemicalwaste's picture

It is. Wait... It's not?

UrbanCulture's picture

I do not remember Holmes being that much of a stud in that game!

UrbanCulture's picture

I do not remember Holmes being that much of a stud in that game!

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Dear Santontio, one of my favorite Buckeyes of all time. You are growing up so fast. Please don't give it up yet. I have one thing to say/ask to you/you:

You're motorin' ..... what's your price for flight?

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DC-town's picture

Santonio is a Baller, but I don't know that teams will take a flier in him with his locker room tomfoolery.

and yes, I also thought that was a joint.

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Poison nuts's picture

Didn't know he had the Liz-Frank. I had that one years ago. It's a horrible injury & takes a lot of time to heal. Basically your foot folds in half & every ligament connecting all the bones in the foot stretches or tears. Bummer. Maybe he'll land somewhere else & be motivated. If not - thanks for the memories.

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Knarcisi's picture

As if I needed a reminder on that video what an idiot Fouts sounds like. 

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BuckGnome's picture

Santonio is the man.   He was a beast as a Buckeye, and hopefully he can make it back to the top in the Sunday league.   That game winner he snagged in the Superbowl is one of the best catches you will ever see.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Man - I really liked him when he was in S&G - I will pull for him no matter where he lands.

Go1Bucks's picture

Browns should offer him a 4 mil deal.  One year, prove yourself.  It could be the incentive he needs to come out of injury excuse retirement.  

If not, since as another article points out Ohioians are lazy, we'll listen to him do color commentary. "From the Couch, with Santonio Holmes".

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