New Year, New Questions

Offering answers on the Cap, the Colts, Santonio, Flynn Andrew Brandt

Print This January 03, 2012, 06:01 AM EST


Were you surprised to hear about Santonio Holmes’ petulance on Sunday?

Holmes is a true talent but has had off-field issues in his career. Holmes received an eye-opening contract from the Jets -- giving him a further sense of entitlement -- even though they were the only true suitor for his services (the Redskins had only mild interest).

What can the Jets do with Holmes and his contract?

Not much.  Holmes made $8.25 million in 2011 – a $6.25 million signing bonus, a $1 million roster bonus and a $1 million salary – and is due a guaranteed $7.75 million salary in 2012, plus a $250,000 workout bonus.

Although next year there is a trigger date for the guarantee, this year has no such protection. The Jets are not going to pay him that money to walk away.


How much money did Matt Flynn make with his play against the Lions?

Hard to say, although Flynn's market  value will be determined long after the glow of Sunday's win has worn off. And the mixed results on recent contracts given to quarterbacks with a small sample size, though larger than Flynn's – see Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Kolb – will be discussed around NFL front offices. Both players were given guarantees in the $20 million range. But again, too soon to tell.

Could the Packers place the Franchise Tag on Flynn and trade him?

They could, but I doubt they will. The one-year tender offer amount of roughly $14.5 million Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to make $8 million – would immediately become guaranteed were Flynn to sign it.  In that event, the Packers would be on the hook for that amount pending a trade, giving Flynn enormous leverage with a trade and/or a new contract.

Further, the Packers have been in negotiations with tight end Jermichael Finley on a new contract, using a relatively low potential Tag number of $5.4 million on Finley as their leverage.  They would certainly like to keep that option available.

Finally, the Tag is meant to "reward" players with intent to sign rather than use as a placeholder while trying to trade the player. The NFLPA is keeping a watchful eye on these scenarios.

My sense is the Packers will not use this tool to hold Flynn in place.  But, as always, stay tuned.

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