NFL Free Agency: Why Torry Holt Is Still Dangerous

brandon jeffersonContributor IMarch 21, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30:  Torry Holt #81 of the St. Louis Rams runs against the Miami Dolphins at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Dolphins beat the Rams 16-12.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

He's 32 years old, he was released by a team that went 2-14, he was 16th in the NFC (yes, the conference) in receiving yards, his best years are behind him, "The Greatest Show on Turf" is long gone.

This is what the famed career of Torry Holt has turned into.

Nay-sayers and doubters are clutching at the opportunity to disprove a once-illustrious career. Torry Holt was released March 13, 2009 by the St. Louis Rams.

Owed a total of $8 million ($6.65 in salary, $100,000 in offseason workout bonus and a $1.25 million roster bonus), Holt had asked the Rams for his release earlier in the offseason.

Is Holt worth the $8 million that was set to come his way? I don't believe so.

However, I don't think that Holt is no longer an NFL-caliber receiver.

Torry Holt is still a threat and a playmaker. He has caught more passes (817) for more yards (11,872) than any receiver in the NFL this decade.

Over his entire 10-year career, his average of 80.1 yards a game is the highest for any receiver in league history. Overall, Holt is 11th in career receptions (869) and 14th in career receiving yards (12,660).

Picture Holt as a second option or even third (come on Patriots, we can do it!), on any of last year's playoff teams...SCARY...

Holt has the type of hands to enable him to reinvent himself into a possession wide receiver.

Holt has made his fair share of SportsCenter Top 10 Plays over his career. Whether it was a heroic sideline catch, or a spectacular one-handed grab between double coverage.

Torry Holt's hands are what will keep him dangerous in the NFL against the league's younger talent.

If you need a refresher just head over to YouTube and search "Torry Holt" and watch the first four clips and they're sure to blow your mind.

Holt is far from the same receiver he was when he first excited the league 10 years ago with crafty route running and 4.34 40 speed.

However I can reassure you that he has kept good care of his hands, and his hands should reward him with a nice contract for the 2009-10 NFL Season.