Holmes: Top prospects should attend draft

Sunday notes to digest as we wait for Rory McIlroy to be fitted for his green jacket:

It may not be a popular stance with the former players' union, but Jets WR Santonio Holmes encouraged the top prospects to attend the NFL draft later this month in Manhattan.

"Oh, hell yeah, I would definitly tell anybody to go," Holmes said Saturday. "That's a once-in-a-lifetime deal. If I had the opportunity to be drafted in the top 10, top 15, I'd take the opportunity to explore the city and just live a little bit. Coming from where some of us came from, the opportunity is very scarce that we'd get the opportunity to be in New York City ... It's a wonderful experience."

WHERE'S THE LOVE?: Judging from tweets and comments from readers, Holmes' remarks about his pending free agency status seems to have raised the ire of Jets fans. Unlike fellow free agents Braylon Edwards, Brad Smith and Antonio Cromartie, all of whom have been quoted this offseason as saying they'd like to re-sign with the Jets, Holmes took an unemotional, pragmatic approach. Basically, he said he'd go for the best deal -- wherever it is. Posturing is fine -- it's part of the free-agent dance -- but he could've been more gracious toward the Jets.

SILENT CRO: Cromartie, who appeared with Holmes and RB LaDainian Tomlinson Saturday at a sports memorabilia show in Somerset, N.J., declined an interview request. He wasn't rude; it was a polite blow-off. After making controversial remarks about the lockout and engaging in a twitter war with Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, Cromartie apparently has decided to stay below the radar. Probably a smart move.

SHOW STOPPER: The GT Sports Marketing memorabilia show was a "Who's Who?" of NFL greats. Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Hines Ward and Warren Moon were under the same roof Saturday, but do you know which player created the most buzz? Joe Namath. After all these years, he's still got it. HBO is working with NFL Films on a Namath documentary that probably will air around December.

MORE HOLMES: What happens if Holmes is declared a restricted free agent and refuses to play for his one-year tender ($3.5 million)? A couple of possibilities: The Jets could do what the Saints did last year with G Jahri Evans. He was a restricted free agent, but instead of being forced to play for his tender, he received a seven-year, $57 million contract. If it goes to the other extreme, it could be a Logan Mankins situation. The Patriots played hard ball with their star guard, also restricted. He refused to sign his tender and wound up sitting out seven games, a holdout that backfired on him.