NFL Diva Wideouts No Longer Worth the Trouble

April 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The trade of Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for the bargain-basement price of a fifth-round draft pick may just serve to punctuate an idea permeating across the NFL.
Big-time wide receivers may no longer be worth the upset they can cause, especially in an NFL where passing offenses spread the football across deep receiving corps that often include tight ends and running backs drawing as many catches as a starting wideout.
Holmes follows former Cardinal Anquan Boldin, who was acquired (along with a fifth-round selection) by the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for third- and fourth-round picks.
In years past it would not have been a surprise for either player to draw consideration for a first-round selection in trade, but instead, more than 150 catches for more than 2,000 yards of offense changed hands for picks in the third, fourth and fifth rounds.
That still outpaces Brandon Marshall. His 101 catches in 15 games (while playing in a far less dynamic incarnation o...

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