Holt looking to play with ‘elite’ quarterback

Had the chance to sit for a few minutes with Torry Holt, one of the cooler cats you’ll come across in this league, earlier in the day at our Los Angeles newsroom.

Holt has talked to a “handful” of teams following his release from the Jaguars. Despite a solid effort, I couldn’t pry out of him who he’s talking to, as he has agreed with said teams that he won’t publicly disclose them. I can respect that stance. But as we discussed potential fits, Holt disclosed that the most important item on his list is playing with an elite quarterback.

“You know that narrows the list, right?” I said.

“Yeah, no question,” he responded. “That list is small, but that’s something I’m looking at in terms of my next move.”

Holt, 33, is looking to join a winning team — or a team on the cusp of winning. He also believes the money will take care of itself. The aspect of joining a team that’s “respected” takes precedence at this point in his career.

“It’s not a broad market, but there is a market out there for me. There are still some teams who feel I have some good football left,” Holt said. “I absolutely do. I still feel like I can go in and help a football team win ballgames. Most importantly, the thing I continue to bring is consistency.”

Holt has gone on the record that the obvious link is Chicago, where he would reunite with new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who coached him with the Rams. And Holt told me he believes Jay Cutler is in that category of elite quarterbacks with whom he’d like to work.

So it’s by no means a reach to keep believing the Bears remain at the top of this list, although mutual interest isn’t known. Throwing other teams against the wall, I can’t help but think the Patriots could use Holt opposite Randy Moss. How about the Texans or the Falcons?

When his playing days are done, don’t be surprised to see Holt in television. He’ll be on NFL Total Access again today (7 p.m. ET). Wondering out loud … how many members of The Greatest Show on Turf can fit in one studio?

– Frank Tadych

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