Holmes explains why him, not Braylon

Going into the offseason, the Jets determined they could afford to pay big money to only one of their starting wideouts, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. Obviously, they chose Holmes -- and it wasn't a difficult call at all. On Friday, Holmes was asked why he believes he was the top priority.

"Tone Time! Tone Time!" he explained. "When you show up on Sundays, I'm pretty sure that's all that matters."

Holmes landed a five-year, $50 million contact, including $25 million in guarantees. Edwards? He ended up signing with the 49ers for one year, $3.5 million -- only $1 million guaranteed. His off-the-field troubles, no doubt, contributed to the lack of interest.

PACE READY: OLB Calvin Pace, speaking to reporters for the first time in camp, said his surgically repaired foot is 100 percent. He broke his foot last preseason, needed surgery and missed the first four games. He said it took him until Week Nine or 10 before he was feeling good. He said the artificial turf at the New Meadowlands Stadium "isn't the softest place in the world" and slowed his recovery.

NICE GUYS GET CUT: In 2005, the writers that cover the Jets started an annual "Good Guy" award for the most media-friendly player. The winners: Pete Kendall (twice), Laveranues Coles, Damien Woody, Darrelle Revis and Jerricho Cotchery.

Kendall, Coles and Cotchery ended up getting dumped because of disagreements with management, and Woody was released and later retired. The "Good Guy" jinx? If something happens to Revis, the jinx talk will be validated.