NFL Trade News: Is Santonio Holmes To New York Jets a Positive Move or Not?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 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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According to's John Clayton, the Pittsburgh Steelers have come to terms with the Jets on a deal to send wide receiver Santonio Holmes to New York.

The deal came at a high price for the Jets, who traded their fifth-round pick for the questionably talented receiver who was Super Bowl MVP two seasons ago.  However, Santonio is set to add that extra bit of spice to the Jets' already impressive offense.

With New York already looking like a legit Super Bowl contender, this move doesn't come as a surprise, as Coach Rex Ryan seems intent on leading the once-dismal team to new and brighter horizons in 2010.

But Santonio Holmes?  The accused doped-out drug addict who went from hero to more or less zero in a Pittsburgh Steelers outfit last season?  Well, to each his own.

However, one thing worth pointing out is the clash that could arise next season.  Holmes is the type of wide receiver who expects only the best, and although Mark Sanchez has proven he has what it takes, a case could be made for him turning out to be yet another Matt Ryan.

Aside from Mark, it is also Ryan who could interfere with Santonio's plans, as Ryan has an intolerant attitude for both his players and staff.  Any misbehavior could result in a hefty fine or suspension for Santonio, so it would be wise for him to be on his best behavior.

The other side of the coin here is the loss that the Steelers take.  Going 9-7 last season, Pittsburgh suffered on offense, and with Ben Roethlisberger possibly facing legal issues, losing a key wide receiver like Holmes could prove costly, especially since veteran Hines Ward is beginning to grow long in the tooth.

The deal gives New York a 3,835-yard receiver in its repotoire.  Jets fans may complain a little, but this trade only adds to New York's position as the favorite in 2010.

Costly for Pittsburgh, promising for New York, let's hope this deal works out for the Jets, as this signing, along with adding Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson, may finally be enough to rid them of the curse and push them toward a Super Bowl victory.


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