Enter the silent assassin. He thrives in the shadows. Patient. Poised. Waiting for his opportunity to strike. He knows his opponent. He finds the holes, the weakness in the enemy’s armor. He strikes. With Santonio Holmes, it won’t be one cut. This will be a slow death by 1000 cuts.
Santonio Holmes comes to Chicago by way of New York. He carries a lot of baggage with him. Baggage mostly placed on him by ex-teammates and outsiders. It might not be fair but it is what it is. He’s a smart guy. He knows the score. He can either be the silent assassin, poised and patient. Or he can be cut and try to catch on with another team or try his and at broadcasting. The choice is his. I’m betting he will take the former. The opportunity is too good.
The odds will be in his favor. What Phil Emery, Marc Trestman and Jay Cutler have built in just over a year is pretty impressive. The offensive line could be one of the top 5 in the NFL. The Bears boast 3 targets 6’3″ or higher and a dual-threat back in Matt Fote who is 6’2″. What does this mean? The third WR will at worst, be going up against a team’s 3rd best Cornerback and probably often, a Safety, a 4th string CB or be running totally open. You can see the upside. He might only have a handful of games to make his mark. 2nd year WR Marquess Wilson will be back at some point and Rookie speedster Chris Williams could steal some targets away.
It will be likely Holmes will be playing for next year. His contract with the Bears is probably the veteran minimum for 2014. If he can show he has anything left, come in be a good teammate and be productive, he could be looking at another year in Chicago or a couple years somewhere else. He’s going to have to hit the ground running, literally and figuratively. His big day is this Friday up in Seattle. A team who boasts a lot of depth in the secondary and has some of the biggest DBs in the league.