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"He's pouting. He's sitting over there. He's not giving a great effort. I'd cut his a--, send him down the highway, move him on," Bradshaw said during an interview on ESPN NewYork 1050's "The Michael Kay Show."
"Why would you put up with it? Because he can run a 4.3 40 and make one-handed catches whenever he feels like it?"
Holmes has come under heavy scrutiny for actions late in last Sunday's 19-17 loss to Miami. The former Super Bowl MVP was benched for the final two minutes of the game by offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer after getting into a heated argument in the huddle with right tackle Wayne Hunter, sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
A source in the huddle told ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus that Hunter lost his cool and yelled at Holmes, "If you don't f------ want to play, get your a-- the f--- out!"
Holmes, who didn't have any catches in the game, didn't want to get into a physical confrontation, so he went and sat on the bench by himself, looking disinterested.
Sources told ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini that Holmes and quarterback Mark Sanchez exchanged words during a meeting leading up to the Dolphins' game. Sanchez claims he's going to try to move on and get past it.
But fingers are being pointed after a disappointing season. Backup quarterback Greg McElroy told a Birmingham, Ala., radio station on Wednesday that the Jets locker room had a "corrupt mindset" with "extremely selfish individuals."
"Bad attitudes will ruin your team," Bradshaw said. "I mean, they will kill you. So many times we see great talent, but it's 'All about me,' like with Terrell Owens. ... And when you have players like that, they're a distraction. They mess up the continuity of a football team, and a football team has got to play together. You gotta pull together and believe together. ... You can't have one guy doing what Santonio did.
"If you wanna get this Jet team back, you've gotta make some changes, and have leaders that get control of guys like Santonio. If you have to unload him, unload him. You can't have that."
The Jets signed Holmes to a five-year, $45 million contract extension last offseason. He is due a fully guaranteed $7.75 million in base pay for 2012, a person familiar with his contract told Cimini. So unless the Jets are willing to eat a lot of money, they're going to have to keep him and try and make peace.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Holmes and Sanchez had the lowest completion percentage among quarterback-wide receiver tandems in which the quarterback targeted the specific receiver at least 100 times (50.5 percent).
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.
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