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Report: New York Jets want Santonio Holmes' pay cut

There's a bit a maneuvering going on in New York that hasn't received much attention, but involves the Jets' top offensive weapon. (That Darrelle Revis guy has dominated the headlines for some reason...)

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The Jets have asked Santonio Holmes to reduce his $11 million base salary for 2012, ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reported Friday. New general manager John Idzik wants salary-cap room on the eve of free agency and Holmes could provide it.

Holmes is guaranteed up to $7.5 million regardless of if he's on the roster or not. Cimini explained that the Jets would pick up the remaining balance of up to the $7.5 million if he signs with another team.

The Jets don't want to pay the $11 million, but they could re-work a deal that's worth more than the $7.5 million. There's some concern, though, about playing hardball with their No. 1 receiver, who happens to have a strong personality. Holmes is the Jets' best talent at an offensive skill position.

It's something to keep an eye on.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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