Should the New York Jets Target Anquan Boldin in Free Agency?

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Sep 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets player Santonio Holmes (10) is helped off the field after an injury against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

The pending return of this guy(left), Santonio Holmes, has to play a part in the decision making as well. If you remember, we talked to a prominent New York foot doctor ab0ut the injury that Holmes suffered.

Take a look at this quote from the doctor about the potential fallout from the injury:

Any Lisfranc’s injury can lead to chronic foot pain, and ultimately arthritis of the midfoot. Unstable injuries carry the worst prognosis – with or without surgery. Because there is such a high risk for the development of arthritis with some severe injuries, I sometimes perform more drastic reconstructive procedures to stiffen up the midfoot.

Here you have it, right from the mouth of a foot doctor. There is a very realistic chance that Santonio Holmes will not be the same again. We could be looking at a guy that is not worth number one status anymore. The Jets just might have to start thinking about other options.

And reliability? Anquan Boldin is Mr. Reliability. Consider this: in 2012 Anquan Boldin led the league with the lowest percentage of dropped passes with a 2.99% (per Pro Football Focus).  Stephen Hill, on the other hand, dropped 22.22% of the passes thrown his way.  A consistent mentor with great hands would do wonders for Stephen Hill’s development.

The problem with this scenario is the same one that the Ravens face, the money.  Santonio Holmes, as we all know, carries a huge number against the salary cap, $12.5 million to be exact.  Any plan that would involve the Jets bringing Boldin to town would have to involve releasing Santonio Holmes.  The dead money to the Jets is $11.25 million if Holmes is released.  In order to afford a guy like Boldin, the Jets would need to get rid of Santonio Holmes, and likely find someone to pick up a portion of that dead money.

Anquan Boldin actually would be an excellent fit for the Jets.  He catches everything thrown his way, and performs well in big games.  If, and it is still not definite, he is released, it would be in the Jets’ best interest to at least talk about it.  However, the money may just be far too prohibitive for the Jets to make that happen.

Thank Tanny everyone!

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