NEW YORK – It appears Santonio Holmes is sticking around, just as the New York Jets said he would.

By remaining on the roster through the second day of the NFL’s waiver period Tuesday, the talented but troublesome wide receiver will get $15.25 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons. A clause in Holmes’ contract, signed last offseason, kicked in Wednesday.

Holmes’ future appeared murky with the Jets after a tumultuous season in which he feuded with quarterback Mark Sanchez and offensive linemen, and was benched during the season finale in Miami for arguing in the huddle.

Still, the owner, Woody Johnson, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and Coach Rex Ryan all insisted Holmes would remain with the team despite the squabbles.

Holmes, already guaranteed his salary for next season, had a $7.5 million guarantee for the 2013 season kick in after Tuesday.

While the Jets could still cut him or try to trade him, the financial commitment makes that an unlikely scenario.

BEARS: The team hired Tim Holt as its offensive line coach.

The move completed the coaching staff for next season. Holt took over for Mike Tice, who was promoted to offensive coordinator after the departure of Mike Martz.

Tice was widely credited with getting the most out of an undermanned line the past two years and still figures to play a big role with that unit.

GIANTS: The team signed eight players as free agents who spent all or part of this season on its practice squad.

They are defensive back Brandon Bing, running back Andre Brown, offensive lineman Selvish Capers, receivers Dan DePalma and Isaiah Stanback, defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks, tight end Christian Hopkins, quarterback Ryan Perrilloux and defensive end Adrian Tracy.

Hendricks is the only one who played in a regular-season game, appearing in one.

PANTHERS: Carolina re-signed long snapper J.J. Jansen to a four-year contract extension and linebacker Jason Phillips to a one-year extension.

Financial terms of the deals weren’t released.

Both players were set to become restricted free agents March 13.

COLTS: Indianapolis promoted Tom Telesco to vice president of football operations.

Telesco spent the past six seasons as the team’s director of player personnel.

He is one of the few holdovers Indianapolis is keeping in a major housecleaning project that has claimed the jobs of the vice chairman, Bill Polian, General Manager Chris Polian, Coach Jim Caldwell and most of Caldwell’s staff.

CARDINALS: Arizona moved Mike McNulty to quarterbacks coach and hired a longtime NFL quarterback, Frank Reich, to coach wide receivers.

McNulty replaced Chris Miller, who was fired after last season. McNulty was Arizona’s wide receivers coach the past three seasons.

Reich spent the last six seasons on the Indianapolis staff, the last one as wide receivers coach.

RAIDERS: Al Saunders, who was the offensive coordinator last season, will remain on the coaching staff as a senior offensive assistant.

The Raiders previously hired Greg Knapp to be offensive coordinator even though Saunders was still under contract.

Saunders has spent the past 29 seasons as a head coach or assistant in the NFL. He won a Super Bowl as receivers coach in St. Louis in 1999 and has been to the playoffs 15 times.


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