Is the Santonio Holmes Trade Really a Message? I Don’t Think So

April 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes has been traded to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick this morning.
Holmes, without a doubt, has been one of the best deep threats in the league the last four seasons but has not been without controversy off the field.
From his troubles with the law his rookie season in 2006 and his infamous police stop with marijuana a Friday before an October 2008 game with the New York Giants, to this offseason where he allegedly threw a glass at a young woman at a club and tweeted about the glories of wake and bake, Holmes has made more news off the field than the Steelers would have liked.
Is Holmes better than a fifth-round pick? Absolutely.
Was this a "message" to another star player in legal trouble, QB Ben Roethlisberger? At face value yes, but no if you look more closely.
Rex Ryan coveted Holmes since Ryan ran the Baltimore Ravens defense. Ryan believed Holmes was the most dangerous rece...

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