Santonio Holmes Gone from Pittsburgh: What Was His Value?

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent IApril 12, 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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There was a growing sentiment around the Steelers community that Santonio Holmes was on his way out of Pittsburgh. I was starting to see a bunch of articles on here about what Holmes’ worth was and the pros and cons of both keeping him and getting rid of him.

I was up and down with my own opinion of the situation.

On the one hand, Santonio is an electric player with blazing speed. Over the years he has improved both his route running and his hands, and looked to have turned the corner with his great postseason which culminated with his Super Bowl MVP Award.

On the other hand, Santonio has had annoying off the field problems and has always been prone to drops in his career, which showed up again early last season in games against Cincinnati and Chicago.

Now, in his defense, Holmes came back and had a very good rest of the season, ending up with 79 receptions, 1248 yards, and five touchdowns. I have to admit that I thought Holmes was coming around and coming into his own as a receiver.

However, it is those drops and others in his career that always made me doubt Santonio as a No. 1 wide receiver, and I admit that I might be in the minority in thinking that.

Making the decision even tougher is the fact that the up and coming Mike Wallace will most likely (barring injury) take Santonio's spot on the depth chart.  

With all this in mind, I had conceded to just agree with whatever the Steelers decided to do with him.

Then, as I was about to go to sleep Sunday night I found out that Santonio Holmes has been traded to the Jets.

My first reaction was that it sucks, just because I don't like the Jets and that, like I stated, I thought Holmes was getting better every year.

Then I saw that all we got in return was a fifth round pick for him. I thought it was a joke. I always thought that if we traded Holmes that we would get at least a third- or even a second-round pick.

Maybe that was just wishful thinking on my part, but for the talent that we gave up we definitely did not get a good value in return. In the end, Santonio Holmes’ new four game suspension had a lot to do with the Steelers only getting that fifth-round pick.

I guess we should be happy to get anything for him and to not just release him like some reports said we would do.

I have faith that Mike Wallace will step in nicely and, all in all, I just can’t wait for the draft and for the season to get here.