As more reports come out saying that the Jets could be close to locking up lockdown cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the Patriots' most heated division rival made a splash by re-signing one of its own key free agents, Santonio Holmes.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that Holmes has signed a five-year deal with the Jets. He will receive 24 million guaranteed as part of the deal, according to PFT. ESPN is reporting that the deal is worth about 50 million total.
Holmes impact goes beyond the statistics. Hes the one player on the Jets offense that opposing defenses have to game plan against. During Hard Knocks last year, Jets coaches drooled about Holmes, calling him the best player on the teams offense.
More to come. . .
As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The full Patriots and Falcons injury report:
FOXBORO — You’d have to go back to 2008 to find the last “you’ve got to be kidding me” injury to open a Boston season before Gordon Hayward.
That injury, of course, was the torn ACL suffered by Brady on a hit to the left leg from Bernard Pollard with 7:27 left in the first quarter of Week 1. Brady missed the rest of the season and the Pats went on to miss the playoffs despite going 11-5 under Matt Cassel.
Brady, who reached out to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday after the Packers quarterback was lost for the season, said he felt for Hayward after the Celtics’ key free agent acquisition suffered a fracture-dislocation of his left ankle 5:15 into the season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday.
“It’s just a big reality check for all of us because we all think we’re invincible to some degree, and then you go and you have this really tough injury that just happens,” Brady said. “It is tough and everyone probably goes through something a little different or it hits them at different times, and I feel bad for [Hayward and Rodgers], but I’m sure they’ll both come back stronger and better than ever.
“That’s what you have to do as an athlete. You’re always faced with adversities and you’ve got to overcome them. Mental toughness is a big part of that. I know both those players have a lot of that.”