The first story came out a few days ago. It was from profootballtalk.com , and it stated that the Steelers could make Santonio Holmes the fall guy for the Ben Roethlisberger issue—making him an example as to what the Steelers will not tolerate from their players.
Holmes is accused of hitting someone in the face with an alcoholic drink at a club in Florida—this after he was charged a couple years ago with smoking marijuana.
Holmes did not do much to improve his image, suggesting via twitter that one of the commentators should kill themselves .
I even chimed in that the Steelers could be considering trading Holmes, possibly to the receiver-needy Miami Dolphins for the 12th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Holmes has now stated his position on what he believes his future holds with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Per Ken Laird of ESPN 1240 in Pittsburgh, this will possibly be Holmes's last year in the black and gold.
Holmes does not believe that, when it comes time for the Steelers to negotiate his next contract, the Steelers are going to offer the type of money he is looking to make.
There are also some obvious signs that the Steelers realize that Holmes's future will not last beyond the 2010 season. Some (such as Laird in his article) are pointing to the fact that the Steelers have brought in Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle because of this.
The Steelers also hosted the top two receiver prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft, Dez Bryant and Golden Tate, Thursday at their South Side facilities.
If the Steelers do believe that Holmes's future in the Burgh is over, look for them to possibly make a trade during the first round of the NFL Draft.
As I stated in my previous article, don't be shocked to hear that the Steelers and Dolphins work out a trade for Holmes.
Marshall was born in Pittsburgh, and previously stated that he would enjoy playing for the Steelers. Other than his occasional attitude, Marshall plays the type of football that the Pittsburgh Steelers play: TOUGH.
Marshall is also 26 years old, and could become the true No. 1 receiver that we will lose if and when we lose Holmes.
On a side note, the article from Laird also states that Hines Ward plans on playing through the 2011 season, provided he can avoid any serious injuries.
UPDATE: Four days after the posting of this story, Santonio Holmes was traded to the New York Jets for a fifth round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.