Jets face tough call on Edwards and Holmes

The New York Jets will have some difficult decisions to make in free agency over the coming months.

The most fascinating position will be wide receiver, where the Jets could lose a pair of stars who were instrumental to their success and Mark Sanchez's development.

Contracts are up for Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes.

Can the Jets bring them both back? Will they choose one over the other? Might they lose both?

New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro set the stage with an overview of the Holmes-Edwards situation, which becomes even more intriguing when you consider Edwards and Holmes each have had off-field issues. The Jets acquired both in trades, but when it's time to commit with signing bonuses and multiyear contracts, the Jets have much to weigh.

What makes the Jets' decision particularly difficult is that both receivers are coming off great seasons.

Holmes missed the first four games while serving a suspension but had 52 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns, many of them biggies to win games. Edwards distanced himself from his reputation as a chronic ball-dropper with 53 receptions for a team-high 904 yards and seven touchdowns. He made several clutch catches throughout the year.

Another factor in the equation could be tight end Dustin Keller. The Jets might be more willing to part with Holmes or Edwards because they have Keller, who posted phenomenal stats while Holmes was away (19 receptions, five touchdowns) and then receded into the background (no touchdowns the rest of the season).

Cannizzaro explored the topic by asking agents to predict what will unfold. The consensus was the Jets would bring Holmes back and let Edwards hit free agency.

At least one agent mentioned the possibility of replacing Edwards with a short-term veteran solution such as Terrell Owens or Randy Moss.

As long as Rex Ryan is head coach and they are winning, they Jets will be a popular destination for any free agent, especially at a position where players like to express themselves. In that way, the Jets are a team that can afford to roll the dice by not having all their players locked up before the free-agency period begins.