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NFL notebook: Jets cut former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes

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By Wire Reports
Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:45 p.m.
 

The Jets parted ways with wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, cutting the talented but injury-plagued playmaker after four seasons.

The move, which was expected, saves the Jets $8.25 million, which Holmes was due to make as his base salary this season. He also was scheduled to have a $10.75 million cap number, a lofty total for a one-time Super Bowl MVP who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency the last two seasons.

The Jets also released cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Sunday, clearing $17.75 million of cap space before the NFL's free agency period starts Tuesday. New York also could save another $8.3 million if they cut quarterback Mark Sanchez, who missed last season with a shoulder injury.

Holmes, who turned 30 last Monday, had 23 catches — the second-lowest total of his career — for 456 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season. He missed five games midway through the season with a hamstring injury.

Report: Bucs expected to cut Revis

Unless a trade is made, the Buccaneers are expected to release cornerback Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday, NFL sources told ESPN.

The former Aliquippa and Pitt star has a $1.5 million roster bonus due Wednesday, and the fourth-round pick the Buccaneers traded to the Jets last year would become a third-round pick if Revis still is on Tampa's roster at 4:01 p.m. Wednesday.

If the Bucs cut Revis, it instantly would free up $16 million in salary cap space for Tampa.

Suitors line up for Byrd

A person familiar with the discussions told the Associated Press the Browns, Dolphins and Rams have expressed interest in signing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd once the NFL's free agency period opens.

The person revealed those three teams specifically as having contacted Byrd's representatives since the NFL allowed discussions with prospective free agents Saturday.

Seahawks re-sign Bennett

Free agent defensive end Michael Bennett is returning to the Super Bowl champion Seahawks after agreeing to a four-year, $28.5 million contract with $16 million guaranteed, according to Profootballtalk.com.

Bennett was thought to have been strongly pursued by Chicago, where he had a chance of joining his brother, Martellus.

Around the league

The Bears released veteran running back Michael Bush, and ESPN reported they are looking to trade defensive end Julius Peppers to free up cap space. ... ESPN reported the Panthers are shopping wide receiver Steve Smith. ... Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin voided the final two years of his contract, hitting the market before the Jaguars cut him. ... Profootballtalk.com reported the Dolphins signed safety Louis Delmas to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. ... The 49ers released cornerback Carlos Rogers, saving the team $5.1 million in cap space, according to ESPN. ... Martha Ford will take over her late husband's controlling interest in the Lions, keeping the team within the family after a half-century under the leadership of William Clay Ford, who died Sunday at 88.

 

 
 


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