Tell me this isn’t true!!! Ohio State’s own Santonio Holmes has been in trouble recently for some incidents happening at nightclubs and with women but it looks like the Steelers management may have had enough. Despite Big Ben being in the spotlight for what seem like more serious charges, Santonio isn’t getting any breaks and will be headed to NY. Here’s the story.
The Jets landed former Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes on the cheap last night, acquiring the troubled wideout from the Steelers for the fire-sale price of a fifth-round pick in this month’s NFL Draft.
Holmes, who turned 26 in March, is one of the league’s most explosive receivers but he also is one of its most controversial and might not be available to the Jets to start the upcoming season. That’s because Holmes, who was arrested twice and cited for marijuana possession from 2006-2008, is under investigation for assault in Orlando last month and reportedly is facing suspension for the first four games of 2010 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Holmes allows the Jets to stretch the field in ways that they couldn’t come close to doing in 2009, when they reached the AFC title game despite averaging just 12.4 yards per catch as a team. Holmes is best known for winning MVP honors in the Steelers’ 27-23 win over the Cardinals two years ago in Super Bowl XLIII with a toe-dragging, six-yard touchdown reception from Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left.
That moment in the sun for the 2006 first-round pick from Ohio State came on the heels of Holmes leading the league in 2007 with an 18.1-yard average per catch.
Ironically, Holmes never has been a Pro Bowl pick despite averaging 59 catches, 959 yards and five touchdowns over the course of his four-year career.
But Holmes, who was suspended for one game by the Steelers in 2008 after being cited for marijuana possession, comes to the Jets with — ahem — a considerable cloud over his head. READ MORE
I honestly believe that this is a real bad move for the Steelers. Not just because I am a faithful Steelers fan but because they are losing one of the most talented people on the team. Teams from New York are scooping up Steelers players with the quickness. Then if you think about it when Buress went to the Giants he ended up shooting himself in the leg, so maybe the Steelers know something we don’t.
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