On a conference call with reporters Monday, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said the team knows the risks involved in acquiring WR Santonio Holmes, given his numerous off-field transgressions.
“We understand that there’s risk, significant risk,” Tannenbaum said. “At the end of the day, we felt like the price was reasonable, and the risk was reasonable. We understand that there’s obviously been some significant issues in the past. We’re going to move forward together.
“We’re not going into this with our eyes closed. We understand what we’re dealing with here.”
Tannenbaum said the Jets first talked to the Steelers about Holmes late Saturday night, and acknowledged he wouldn’t have been available at this price if not for his past problems. The Jets were also aware of the four-game suspension to be handed down to Holmes.
“We understood that was part of it,” Tannenbaum said. “Even with that, it was worth it, given Santonio’s production in the past.
“We knew exactly what we were getting ourselves into. We felt, ‘Hey, here is an opportunity to improve our team, to get a 26-year-old receiver who is a dynamic play-maker who has had some indiscretions.’ The pros outweigh the cons. There are some negatives. At the end of the day we felt good enough to pull the trigger.”
Tannenbaum said the franchise will be able to provide an internal support system for Holmes, and it’s now up to the Jets to “make it work.” During the 15 minute question-and-answer session with reporters, much of the questioning was centered on adding a player with Holmes’ past issues to the locker room.
Enter Rex Ryan into the equation. Holmes is just the latest in a line of acquisitions by the Jets, who are clearly putting their faith in Ryan’s ability to sort out all the personalities.
“When his name came up, Rex didn’t blink twice,” Tannenbaum said. ”I think when you look at Rex’s ability to relate to people and connect with players, he’s really outstanding at that. He’s done that his whole life, his whole career. I think as a head coach, it puts him on a bigger stage, but he has a very unique ability to connect to a lot of different types of people.”