Ted Ginn Jr. Trade Effect: Steelers Sold Too Low in Santonio Holmes Trade

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IApril 16, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have just traded wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. to the San Francisco 49ers for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

You may be thinking, "What does this have to do with the Pittsburgh Steelers?"

Let me tell you.

The Steelers sold Holmes off to the New York Jets for a price that was obviously too low in lieu of the Ginn trade.

Ginn was a former first-round pick and struggled to excel as a receiver in the NFL having a best season with only 790 yards and two touchdowns, but he was one of the best in the league on special teams and in the return game specifically.

In 2009, Ginn returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game.

Holmes has been very successful as a receiver and is coming off his best season in yardage, catching passes for nearly 1,250 yards with five touchdowns.

And by the way, Holmes was the Super Bowl MVP after catching the game-winning touchdown to give the Steelers their NFL franchise-best, sixth championship.

The Steelers traded their former Super Bowl MVP for a fifth-round pick to the Jets and now it looks like the Steelers were just too eager to make a point to the rest of their players and the league, that they do not want players with off-the-field issues on their team.

Did this really prove a point?

Only time will tell, especially with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, if players got the message, but at the same, if a special teams player like Ginn can get a fifth-rounder in a trade, why didn't the Steelers ask for more?

Maybe the four-game suspension on Holmes at the start of the 2010 regular season had something to do with the low value.

Still, it seems the Steelers moved too fast and should have possibly gotten at least a fourth-rounder, or perhaps, even a third-rounder.

In the end, the Steelers did prove a point and that point was that they moved too fast and should have tried to get a higher pick for a former Super Bowl MVP, regardless of the off-field issues and/or suspension in my personal opinion.