Note To Big Ben: You Could Be the Next Man Out in Pittsburgh

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IApril 12, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks back to the huddle after injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Santonio Holmes was the receiver of the future for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Before today, Santonio Holmes had spent his entire NFL career in a Steelers uniform.

Now, he will be wearing a Jets uniform, out of the Steel City, for good.

Holmes departure from the Steelers has to be linked to his off-the-field issues. He has had some issues in the past, where his image has not been the greatest, but yet he still played the game of football.

In Pittsburgh, he will forever be known as the receiver to catch the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl against the Cardinals.

He was later named the Super Bowl MVP, as well.

So what could possibly have gone wrong, that we would not be able to see Santonio Holmes in a Steelers jersey for the rest of his career?

Well, after another Super Bowl hangover, the Steelers ended the season without a playoff berth and an early offseason to forget.

Both Ben Roethlisberger and Holmes were side tracked with offseason issues, leaving the Steelers to make a decision. 

Well you witnessed the first decision, could Big Ben be next?

Roethlisberger this offseason was accused of sexual assault—again. 

The case has been underway for some time now, and all the information has yet to be revealed, so I would rather not make a comment on that.

But what I can make a comment on, is that the Steelers are trying to not look like the troubled franchise the Bengals were a few years ago—with all due respect to the Bengals organization. 

They showed that they are not scared to let go of a marquee player and Big Ben had better watch out because he could be next.

Ben Roethlisberger was the quarterback of the future for the Steelers.

He came in right away and led the Steelers to a 15-1 record—this happened to be the first time a team in the AFC had 15 wins.

Then in his sophomore season, he led the Steelers all the way to the Super Bowl with a win over the Seahawks

A few years later he was back in the Super Bowl, and led the Steelers to another victory, after his game-winning drive gave the Pittsburgh organization its six Super Bowl title.

But you saw what all Santonio Holmes did for the Steelers, but yet he was still traded.

So could Big Ben be next? It’s possible. Do I want it to happen? Not at all.

But you can see that this Steelers organization is getting tired of the off-field issues.


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