REPORT: Santonio Holmes blew off Sanchez-led meeting

By Marc A. Greenberg

Some more news on the Santonio Holmes front.

Apparently, the Wednesday before the team’s final game against the Miami Dolphins, a source says the New York Jets wide receiver gave Quarterback Mark Sanchez a hard time at a meeting. When Sanchez got the group together again on Thursday, Holmes did not show up.

“He went back and forth with Mark at the meeting,” the source said. “He was saying stuff like, “What am I even here for?” Then he blew off Mark by not even showing up the next day.”

Holmes did not catch a pass in Miami, the first he time he’s been shut out in his career. He was targeted only once. A source told the Daily News that Holmes wasn’t paying attention to Sanchez in the huddle as early as the second quarter. At halftime, Holmes was “moping in front of his locker,” according to a source.

After Sanchez met the media Monday, the New York Daily News attempted to ask Sanchez about last week’s meetings. He refused to even let the question be asked. “No,” he said. “I’m done.”

Holmes just finished the first year of a five-year $45 million contract he signed, so it wouldn’t be wise of the Jets to even think about cutting him

He is due a fully guaranteed $7.75 million in base pay for 2012.  If he’s on the Jets’ roster on the second day of the waiver period (Feb. 8), more than half of his 2013 salary becomes guaranteed — specifically, $7.5 million of $11 million.  That’s over $15 million to Holmes.

If he’s cut now, there wouldn’t be enough cap space under the 2011 salary cap to absorb the cap hit.  If he’s cut in March, the Jets would eat over $15 million and take a cap hit of $11.25 million in 2012.   Not worth it.