Jets officially sign Santonio Holmes

Updated: July 31, 2011, 2:56 AM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The Jets have officially announced the signing of wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who agreed to a five-year deal earlier in the week.

New York also officially signed safety Eric Smith, kicker Nick Folk, offensive linemen Wayne Hunter and Robert Turner, and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, the team's fifth-round draft pick, on Saturday.

Holmes, 27, was acquired last offseason from Pittsburgh and had 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns for the Jets after returning from a four-game suspension to start the season. He quickly developed a rapport with Sanchez and played key roles in three straight wins with big catches late in games last season.

"Good morning NY/NJ Jets fans. On the way to putting it in writing," Holmes tweeted Saturday. "Tone Time!"

Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, New York's first-round draft pick from Temple, has also signed a deal.

Wilkerson agreed to a four-year, $7.4 million contract, a league source confirmed.

"It's official," Wilkerson said on his Twitter page, "now im a Jet and happy to be apart of this great organization!!!!"

Wilkerson will receive a signing bonus of about $3.9 million, and three years of the contract are fully guaranteed, the source said.

Smith, a key backup in the secondary and a hard-hitting special teams player, signed a three-year deal. He has been with the Jets since they drafted him in the third round out of Michigan State in 2006.

"Excited to officially be a Jet again," Smith said on Twitter. "Great players, great coaches and the BEST fans. Now on to the Super Bowl."

The Jets are counting on Wilkerson, the 30th overall pick, to contribute immediately in the base defense as an end and, possibly, as an interior pass rusher in the nickel package. The incumbent at right end, Shaun Ellis, is a free agent. Ellis, 34, the longest-tenured Jet, has told friends that he'd like to re-sign.

Wilkerson grew up in Linden, N.J., only 30 minutes from the Jets' facility. He has been working out at the team's complex since the lockout ended. The New York Daily News first reported the deal.

Folk signed a one-year deal after going 30 of 39 on field-goal attempts last season, his first with the Jets after three years kicking for the Dallas Cowboys. He was also 2 for 3 on field goals in the postseason. He will compete with veteran kicker Nick Novak for the job.

Hunter, who filled in at right tackle when starter Damien Woody was injured late last season, signed a four-year deal. Agent Kenny Zuckerman told The Associated Press that "there was some other sincere interest from a few teams," but Hunter chose to remain with the Jets because "Wayne and his family love the Jets organization."

Turner, a versatile backup who can play all along the Jets' line, was a restricted free agent who signed a one-year deal.

Kerley, the 153rd pick in the draft, signed a multiyear deal after catching 56 passes from Andy Dalton at TCU for 575 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He won the Mountain West Conference's special teams player of the year award his last two seasons, and will likely help fill the void left when versatile wide receiver Brad Smith signed with Buffalo.

It means that five of the Jets' six draft picks are under contract. The only unsigned player is nose tackle Kenrick Ellis (third round, Hampton).

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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