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It has been eight years since Santonio Holmes, then a 22-year-old, blazing-fast Ohio State product, was selected in the first round, 25th overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It has been five years since a 25-year-old Holmes was named Super Bowl MVP for his game-winning touchdown grab in the back of the end zone, lifting his Steelers to a 27-23 lead over the Arizona Cardinals with less than a minute to play.
It has been three years since a 27-year-old, unrestricted free agent Holmes agreed to the terms of a five-year, $50 million offer to play football for the New York Jets.
And since then, it has been one free fall at terminal velocity for a now-30-year-old, unemployed Holmes.
The allure of the Giants' projected starting trio—Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr.—is undeniable, but what guarantee is it that all three stay healthy?
At the end of the 2013 season, Jerrel Jernigan proved a reliable reserve for Cruz in the slot; the Giants are less secure on the outsides. If Randle or Beckham were to be lost for the season, New York's remaining depth chart looks like this in terms of career catches:
- Mario Manningham (211)
- Preston Parker (44)
- Trindon Holliday (4)
- Everybody else (4 WRs with NO NFL catches)
If Manningham instills confidence in you, realize that he is still missing practices from a knee injury that originated in December of 2012. Holmes is no clean bill of health either, however, his career reception, yardage and touchdown totals are all roughly double those of Manningham's.
Holmes was cut from the Jets roster this spring, saving the franchise from burning several more millions of dollars. He is still without a team, although the wide receiver is a priority free agent for a team that loses a starting talent.
The Verdict: The Giants are tempted to bolster their wide receiver depth with a tested veteran, but Holmes' asking price is still miles outside of New York's ballpark. No deal, as the Giants move on with the young, inexperienced talent they already have under contract.