Pittsburgh Steelers Trade Santonio Holmes To New York Jets

Chad CarterContributor IApril 11, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks for running room after a first quarter catch while playing the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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In what some consider a shocking move, the Pittsburgh Steelers have traded wide receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth round pick in the 2010 draft, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

Holmes had 35 catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Steelers franchise, but sources have reported lately that Holmes, who had one year left on his contract, was not going to be resigned.

Apparently, the team wanted to do otherwise and get compensation for the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII. It is surprising, however, that they thought his worth was a fifth round pick—surely analysts will be breaking down this trade for days to come as more becomes known

Holmes did have a few off the field problems, with domestic abuse and possession of marijuana charges in 2006 and 2008, respectively.

This makes another great move for the Jets, who was the runner up in last season's AFC Championship.

The New York Jets have made solid advancements this offseason, including the trade for cornerback Antonio Cromartie and the signing of running back LaDainian Tomlinson.