Multiple teams showing interest in Santonio Holmes
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes has sat around all spring waiting for a call from a NFL team that never happened. Some wondered if his time in the league was done but it’s not. Now that training camp is upon as and injuries begin to take their toll NFL teams are calling Holmes. Holmes worked out yesterday for the Chicago Bears but according to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com he’s also getting phone calls from the Cleveland Browns.
Santonio Holmes is back on the NFL radar.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the free-agent wide receiver — out of work since being released by the New York Jets in March — worked out for the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.
Holmes also has drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. (NFL.com)
The interest from the Bears is of no surprise after the injury to Marquess Wilson. Wilson was number three on the Bears depth chart but he’ll be out indefinitely after breaking his clavicle. There was no word on how that workout went but the Bears did bring in multiple players, so they’re going to evaluate their options now.
The Browns may surprise some but it really shouldn’t with the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon. Gordon is facing a season long suspension but the player and team are hoping for a settlement that would reduce the length. Holmes won’t come anywhere close to replacing Gordon as a deep threat or his production, those days are way behind him BUT he’ll provide something very important, a veteran presence this offense sorely needs.
Holmes isn’t your ideal veteran, he’s had a very checkered past and not the best of reputations but someone who’s been around for a while is what this team needs. New head coach Mike Pettine was defensive coordinator for the New York Jets and saw Holmes first hand. Some would say that should be more than enough for him to shy away from signing but it could mean otherwise.
Pettine may have more insight to Holmes and his locker room behavior and decided that he wants him in his locker room too. Yea, I know that’s pretty funny isn’t it? What’s probably happening is the Browns are so thin at receiver that Pettine says the potential production far outweighs the negatives.
Even if Holmes doesn’t sign with the Browns you know something’s going to happen, there is no way any team wants to start with Miles Austin as one of their top receivers.