NFL Free Agency: The New York Jets Re-Sign Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIJuly 27, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates after he scored a third quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Jets have agreed to terms on a deal with WR Santonio Holmes on a five-year deal that averages slightly less than $10 million per season with $24 million guaranteed.

This is good news for the Jets, who certainly did not want to lose their offenses top play maker.

Holmes caught 52 passes for 746 yards and six TD's in only 12 games for the Jets last year.  Those numbers should undoubtedly improve this year since he should be able to play more than 12 games, barring an unforeseen injury. Holmes adds another dimension to the Jets mostly run based offense.

This deal does however take some money away from the Jets trying to get elite CB Nnamdi Asomugha. They still could sign him, but it is less likely now considering that other teams like the Texans and Buccaneers have all the money in the world to throw his way.

There have been some talks that QB Mark Sanchez is willing to restructure his contract to help the Jets land Asomugha. If that is the case, it is certainly very nice to see a young player in a leadership role like Sanchez be willing to do something like that.

Regardless of whether they sign Asomugha or not, they just got back a vital member of their offense in Santonio Holmes, and that of course is a very good thing for the New York Jets.