Does Santonio Holmes Trade Make the New York Jets Super Bowl Contenders?

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIApril 13, 2010

As we all know, the New York jets, led by a rookie head coach and quarterback, truly had a Cinderella season that unfortunately struck 12 one game early in a 30-17 loss in the AFC Championship Game to the Indianapolis Colts.

Going into the offseason, the team didn’t have many major needs. However, so far, they have been very active as they have already made three significant acquisitions.

Just last night, the team traded for former Pittsburgh Steelers WR, Santonio Holmes.  

Yes, your eyes don’t deceive you; Santonio Holmes, just a year after being named the Super Bowl XLIII MVP has been traded for a fifth round draft pick.

For the Jets, this is a great low risk-high reward move.

Since defenses will be tightening up inside the box in order to stop their potent rushing attack, the team has been looking for a speedy playmaker to add to Sanchez’s arsenal, and Holmes fits that bill perfectly.

In many mock drafts, including mine, they have been linked to drafting a big-time receiver such as Demariyus Thomas or Golden Tate. Now, they can take a different approach and take the best player available with the 29th overall selection.

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Also consider that just last month they traded for All-Pro cornerback, Antonio Cromartie and signed future HOF running back, LaDainian Tomlinson.

Tomlinson will fill the shoes of Thomas Jones and will give an added boost of positive influence to their locker room.

Meanwhile, Cromartie should have a rebound season. Playing next to fellow shutdown corner Darrelle Revis, teams will be targeting Cromartie, and with his spectacular ball skills he may be able to outperform his stellar ’07 season when he posted an astounding 10 interceptions.

Tack on the best defense and run game in the league, along with a head coach and quarterback with a year’s worth of experience, and I see them as legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

In fact, if not next year, since they are such a young team, they could be a force to reckon with for a while now. Who knows? This may be a bit bold; but I wouldn’t be surprised if this Jets’ team forms a dynasty much like the division-rival New England Patriots did last decade.