NFL Jets Release Receiver Santonio Holmes to Save $8.25 Million

The New York Jets released wide receiver Santonio Holmes, a day before the start of the National Football League’s free agent signing period.

Holmes, 30, spent the past four seasons with the Jets, catching 146 passes for 2,128 yards and 16 touchdowns. He scored 14 touchdowns in his first two seasons in New York and totaled two the past two years while missing 17 of 32 games.

The move saves the Jets $8.25 million, Holmes’s scheduled base salary for this season. The Jets yesterday released cornerback Antonio Cromartie, clearing about $5.5 million in salary cap space.

NFL teams are able to start signing free agent players tomorrow at 4 p.m. New York time.

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