Monday, April 12, 2010

Hello Cortland - Hello Holmes

So, it's back to Cortland we go. We knew it was coming and today it was made official, the New York Jets are going back to SUNY Cortland for 2010 training camp. According to the story on the school and the town of Cortland in central New York will host the Jets for the next three years with the option to extend it to a total of five.

As they did last year, the team will also hold some training camp practices at their former home of Hofstra University on Long Island as well as in Florham Park, NJ the site of their current facility.

And since the Jets have become excellent multi-taskers, in addition to announcing training camp, for good measure, they signed a Super Bowl MVP. However, one with a less-than-shiny past.

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes is now a member of the Jets. The Jets acquired him from the Pittsburgh Steelers for the paltry sum of just a fifth round pick. Holmes has had his share of troubles off the field, which was the reason for the bargain basement pricing. Recently, he was accused of hitting a woman in the face with a glass at a bar. Those charges seem possibly not to be true. However, Holmes has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. In 2008 he was arrested for marijuana possession. In 2006 he was charged with domestic violence although the charges were later dismissed.

Said General Manager Mike Tannenbaum today, "We felt like the price was reasonable and the risk was reasonable. We're excited to have Santonio, we think he's dynamic playmaker."

As for Holmes, who said he was "very shocked" by the trade, he was polite and responsive to all questions during today's telephone press conference, repeating different versions of the phrase, "I'm accountable for my actions" several times.

A source familiar with Holmes and his circumstances told me today, "He's not a bad guy. His problems are self-made."

Holmes himself added, "I definitely want to come in and be one of the leaders on the field and off the field."

Time will tell.

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