Pittsburgh Steelers: Clearing Up the Santonio Holmes Questions

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IApril 12, 2010

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 29:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against the  Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 20-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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You can hear the paper crumbling from all over the country. It is everyone's mock drafts from everywhere. Now that the Steelers have traded Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth round pick, everyone is assuming that the Steelers will be selecting either Dez Bryant or Golden Tate when they use the 18th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Why would the Steelers trade Santonio Holmes?

Santonio Holmes was entering the final year of his rookie contract. He had already stated that the Steelers were not going to pay him the kind of money that he wanted to make, and he wanted to play in a bigger market.

Holmes has already been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season. If he falters one more time, he will be suspended for the year.

Why is Holmes getting suspended?

Though I do not have the specific reason for his suspension, odds are it is because of his reference to twitter about "wake and bake". Holmes was already in the substance abuse treatment program with the NFL, and admitting to doing drugs, as he did, is the same as testing positive on a drug test.

Why a fifth round pick?

Simple, we were not going to get much more for him than that. I suggested previously that I was hoping that we could get a first round pick for him, and had he not been suspended again, odds are, we would have at least gotten one in the second.

Will the Steelers be drafting a receiver in the first round?

Not much of a chance at that. Dez Bryant is a good player, at least he was until he was forced to sit out most of his senior season due to being suspended by the NCAA for improper contact with an agent.

The Steelers just unloaded one headache, don't look for them to replace him with another one.

Golden Tate, though some think that he has the potential to be a Hines Ward type of player, will take a while to get NEAR to the level of Hines Ward. Besides that, there are too many other areas of need on the team when we just resigned Antwaan Randle El, and Arnez Battle.

But Holmes was the Steelers number one receiver?

No he wasn't. Make no mistake about it, when it is 3rd and eight, and the Steelers need a first down, Holmes is not the first person that Ben Roethlisberger is looking at. Hines Ward is and, as long as he is on the team, will be.

When Holmes was drafted, he was believed to be the deep threat that the Steelers have needed since El left. Though El is no where near the speedster he used to be, Mike Wallace is even faster than Santonio Holmes.

Wallace proved last year that he has the tools to eventually replace Ward as the top receiver, and is currently ready to replace Holmes.

Does that mean that the Steelers are not going to be looking for a receiver in the draft?

Yes they are, but not in the first two rounds. Look for the Steelers to try and find another steal in the third or fourth round of the draft, that can be groomed.

The other note here would be, look for Limas Sweed to get another chance in camp to show Mike Tomlin that he can play the position.

If, somehow Sweed has learned to catch, then the Steelers receiving corp could be even stronger than it was last year.

Is there a chance that the Steelers will try and acquire another free agent to take Holmes spot?

Not much of one. I would love to see the Steelers go after someone like Brandon Marshall, but I don't see that happening.



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