Clause in Contract Kicks in For Holmes; Jets Now Owe Him $15.25 Million Guaranteed

If you were hopeful the Jets would find a way to dump moody WR Santonio Holmes, it appears your not going to get your wish.

The receiver is going to be sticking around with the Jets, something they had said would happen from the moment they walked off the field in Miami the final day of the regular season as they were kicked out of the playoff race with an 8-8 mark.

With a lot of fans putting a lot of the blame for the Jets missing the playoffs on Holmes.

By remaining on the roster through the second day of the NFL’s waiver period Tuesday, the wide receiver will get $15.25 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons. A clause in Holmes’ five-year, $45 million contract, signed last offseason, kicked in Wednesday morning.

Holmes’ future appeared to be in doubt when he was benched during the Miami game for arguing in the huddle.

Still, owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan all insisted that Holmes would remain with the team despite the squabbles.

Holmes, already guaranteed his salary for next season, had a $7.5 million guarantee for the 2013 season kick in after Tuesday. While the Jets could still theoretically cut him or try to trade him, the financial commitment makes that an unlikely scenario.

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