Santonio Holmes Traded: What Were the Pittsburgh Steelers Thinking?

April 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This is quite possibly the worst NFL trade not involving the Raiders in league history.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded wide receiver and Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for the paltry sum of a fifth-round draft pick.
Holmes was the Steelers' first-round pick in 2006, No. 25 overall. In his four seasons with the Steelers he has grown into a reliable deep threat with sure hands and solid run-after-catch ability.
While he has had trouble off the field, Holmes put up very good numbers last season. He topped 1,000 yards for the first time, scoring five touchdowns. By every measure he is an up-and-coming, if troubled, star.
The problem isn't the trade itself—it is the value.
The Steelers have a variety of needs going into next week's draft. They lack a No. 2 cornerback, a stud offensive lineman, a playmaking free safety, and depth at running back, middle linebacker, and defensive line. Going into the draft, the Steelers had a...

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