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As expected, Holmes staying with Jets

2/8/2012

The New York Jets said weeks ago that No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes is not going anywhere. On Wednesday, the team spoke with its wallet.

According to various reports, Holmes' 2013 salary for $7.5 million was contractually guaranteed Wednesday by staying on the roster. The Jets were already on the hook for Holmes' guaranteed 2012 salary of $7.75 million.

The moral of this story is Holmes and third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez must make it work. Both players feuded last year as the offense imploded down the stretch. There was early speculation that one — or both — wouldn't return next season. But the Jets have too much money tied into both players to split them up.