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According to Peter King of SI.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers dealt troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft late Sunday night.
That’s right. Don’t rub eyes. Just like that, he’s gone.
Just hours after he was reportedly in hot water with the league, Holmes is out of Pittsburgh a day before the team is expected to officially receive word from the legal system on Ben Roethlisberger’s troubles.
The Super Bowl XLIII MVP encountered a precipitous fall during the offseason and his sudden departure from Pittsburgh for just a fifth round pick clearly raises questions about his ability to stay on the up and up.
He is 26 years old and coming off of a career year (79 catches, 1,248 yards and 5 TDS) but commanded little on the market due to his problems including a rumored four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Plus, the Steelers are not exactly rich in depth at wide receiver outside of Hines Ward. Thus, it is clear that they really wanted to get rid of Holmes.
Perhaps Ben Roethlisberger is taking notes somewhere.