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.