Jets Cut Holmes – NFL Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets have parted ways with wide receiver Santonio Holmes after four seasons. The move Monday, which had been expected, saves the Jets $8.25 million, which Holmes was due to make as his base salary this season. The 30-year old Holmes had 23 catches for 456 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season. He missed five games midway through the season with a hamstring injury. Holmes played in just four games in 2012 and was sidelined for several months after a career-threatening foot injury.
Also in the NFL:
— A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the Steelers will cut former Pro Bowl linebacker Lamar Woodley. That move is hardly a surprise after fifth-year linebacker Jason Worilds agreed to accept a "transition player" tag last week. Woodley signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy.
— The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back punter Chris Jones, who signed an exclusive rights tender after finishing with a net average of 39 yards in his first full season in 2013. Jones had a gross average of 45 yards on 77 punts last season, with 30 downed inside the 20.
— The Chicago Bears have released seven-year veteran running back Michael Bush, saving the team $1.85 million in 2014 salary cap space. Bush started 20 of 89 games in seven seasons with Oakland and Chicago, rushing for 3,250 yards with 29 touchdowns.
— The Arizona Cardinals will release guard Daryn Colledge, who started every game in his three seasons with the team. Colledge already had tweeted a goodbye to Cardinals fans, then confirmed to The Arizona Republic that he was leaving the team.
— A man booked on two aggravated rape charges in a New Orleans case also involving former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has posted a $400,000 bond. Sharper and Erik Nunez each face two aggravated rape charges in New Orleans. Sharper also faces seven rape and drug counts in connection with two alleged attacks in Los Angeles.
— The wife of William Clay Ford will take over his controlling interest in the Detroit Lions after the longtime owner's death. The Lions announced that Ford's interest in the team passes to Martha Ford, pursuant to "long-established succession plans." William Clay Ford died Sunday at age 88.