Today, Torry Holt was officially released by the Rams. Conflicting rumors differ on how interested the Jets are, but it makes a lot of sense.
Consider. Henry Ellard, the new receivers' coach, was with St. Louis from 2001-2008, eight of his ten seasons in the NFL. There is a comfort level there, and Holt would provide a veteran presence across from Jerricho Cotchery. He came out of college running a 4.34 forty-yard dash many years ago, and he still has much of that speed.
And unlike the other two big name receivers who were available this offseason (Terrell Owens and Marvin Harrison), Holt is clean both on and off the field. The drama that Owens brings is well-documented, while Harrison has been investigated in a Philadelphia shooting. On the field, Holt has sure hands, something Owens lacks, and he's four years younger than Harrison, who has looked like a shell of his former self the past two seasons.
Skeptics point to this past season, where Holt's numbers fell across the board. 64 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns were nowhere near his old numbers. But the Rams clearly decided to go in a new direction. Donnie Avery was the first receiver picked in the draft, and St. Louis wanted to showcase him. The youth movement was cemented with the release of both tackle Orlando Pace and Holt in the past two days.
However, don't get too excited. The latest report from John Clayton of ESPN didn't sound too optimistic that the Jets would make a big play for him. Indeed, signing Holt could be a slightly different direction than what Rex Ryan had in mind, but they should certainly consider signing the NFL's all-time yards-per-game leader.
*The Jets have signed LB Larry Izzo, formerly of the New England Patriots. Izzo has been one of the top special teamers in the game for a long-time, but he was recently in the news for the wrong reasons, as he will testify against Barry Bonds in the BALCO case.
Izzo has a history with Mike Westhoff, but the Patriots didn't want him back for some reason, and he will provide at least some distraction. It's not good publicity to hear, "Jets linebacker Larry Izzo was in court today," especially when steroids are the subject.
Still, with no salary number released, I won't complain too much since it's probably a very small deal.