It has been a very busy offseason for the New York Jets, who made another blockbuster trade Sunday by acquiring troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round pick in this next week's draft.
Holmes is facing a civil suit by a woman who accused him of throwing a glass at her in an Orlando, Fla., night club (another man has come forward and confessed that he threw the glass). Holmes already had been arrested and suspended for a game for possession of marijuana in 2008, so the latest incident must have pushed the Steelers over the edge. ESPN is reporting that Holmes will be suspended for the first four games this upcoming season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Even if he's suspended for a few games, the Jets got a talented receiver and gave up very little in exchange. It also works financially for them as Holmes is due to make $755,000 this year. He'll be a free agent at the end of the season, but the Jets will deal with that when the time comes.
Holmes emerged as the Steelers' top receiver in his fourth season, setting career highs in catches (79) and yards (1,248). He is best remembered for his spectacular toe-tapping touchdown catch in the back of the end zone that won Super Bowl XLIII for the Steelers and earned him the game's MVP award (By the way, he admitted a few days before the game that he sold drugs as a youth).
The Steelers may now be forced to take a receiver in the first round. They drafted slot receiver Mike Wallace last year and brought back Antwaan Randle-El, a former Steelers starter who spent the past three years in Washington. But neither can be counted on to be the consistent big-play man opposite venerable possession receiver Hines Ward.
As for the Jets, which addressed the defense by trading for San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie and bolstered their backfield with the signing of LaDainian Tomlinson. Now they have Holmes, who joins a good-looking receiving corps that already includes Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, David Clowney, Brad Smith and tight end Dustin Keller.