Santonio Holmes wants a big deal… now

By Marc A. Greenberg

New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes has broken his self-imposed silence on his existing free agency status, and his intentions for re-signing with Gang Green.

Holmes says he won’t sign his one-year tender if he’s deemed a restricted free agent, his status if the 2010 work rules are used for the 2011 free agency period.

“I want a contract, flat out,” Holmes told reporters at a sports memorabilia show in Somerset, N.J., where he appeared with teammates LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie. “If I sign a contract, it will be for multiple years. It won’t be for one year.”

The Jets placed the highest restricted tender on Holmes, first- and third-round picks, so they would be protected if another team were to claim him.

“I played five years to wait for my sixth year to come up,” said Holmes, who was traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers last offseason because of off-the-field issues. “I don’t want to play for a one-year deal. I wouldn’t do it.”