With free agency approaching this Friday, teams are scrambling to talk with their most coveted free agent prospects. Chief among the free agents in the 2011 class is New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
Holmes is far and away the best free agent wideout in this class, with Sidney Rice of the Minnesota Vikings being the only one who even comes close, and he missed almost all of 2010.
With the new salary cap system in place, there are a number of teams with mounds of cap space, and they need to spend big bucks just to hit the minimum floor requirement.
Holmes is due a massive payday this week. Despite his off the field issues, he is a stud on the field and kept himself clean during the work stoppage, which is more than can be said for some of his peers.
These teams are going to be throwing themselves at the 27-year-old, so the biggest question remains: does he want the most money, or does he want to compete?
Any of these teams can offer him a massive contract, so Holmes will have to decide whether he is a mercenary or a competitor, and he'll have to do it soon.