According to league sources, heavily-pursued wide receiver Santonio Holmes will stay with the New York Jets on a new five-year contract.
Shortly after news broke that the Washington Redskins — thought to be in the mix for Holmes — had reached an agreement with free agent receiver Donte Stallworth, ProFootballTalk.com tweeted that Holmes is no longer on the market.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the deal is believed to be worth roughly $10 million per year, meaning the Jets will probably not re-up with fellow free agent receiver Braylon Edwards. That didn’t stop Edwards from congratulating his former-teammate.
Congrats to @santonio10 Great player and good friend!
By locking up their top priority, now the Jets can turn their focus to reeling perhaps the biggest prize on the market: former Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Paired with Derrelle Revis, Asomugha — who may consider taking less money to play on Broadway — could immediately elevate the Jets’ secondary to the best in the league.
In 12 games last season (following a four-game substance abuse suspension), Holmes caught 52 passes for 746 yards and six touchdowns.