Holmes-town discount: ‘Tone open to pay cut

By on December 19, 2013

Santonio Holmes wants to be a Jet so badly next year that he’s willing to take a pay cut — again.

Holmes, who reduced his salary to $ 7.5 million before the 2013 season, said he’d reduce his salary for a second consecutive offseason if the team approached him.

“Anything for the team,” Holmes said. “Anything for the team.”

Would it matter how much of a pay cut the team asked for?

‘Anything for the team,’ Santonio Holmes says when asked if he’d take another pay cut to return to the Jets in 2014. He took a paycut before this season as well.

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‘Anything for the team,’ Santonio Holmes says when asked if he’d take another pay cut to return to the Jets in 2014. He took a paycut before this season as well.

“Probably not,” said Holmes. “I mean with the production comes big pay so do your job.”

Holmes’ 2013 season has been disappointing. He recovered from last season’s Lisfranc injury in time to start the year, but hasn’t lived up to expectations since then. In nine games this year, Holmes has caught 18 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown. He missed five complete games with a hamstring injury and essentially missed the December 1 game against Miami with the hamstring as well, when he did not record a catch.

Holmes believes the injuries shouldn’t be held against him, but understands they could be.

“I mean I wouldn’t agree with it, because you can’t do anything about injuries that occur, first time I’ve been injured in my career, but like I said for the team, sacrifices are to be made,” Holmes said.

Despite offering a hometown discount, this season is almost certainly Holmes’ last with the Jets. He has two yeas left on his current deal, but the team can save $ 8.25 million in cap space next season if he’s cut, according to overthecap.com.

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