On Sunday night the Pittsburgh Steelers traded away a talented and troubled young wide receiver, Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth round draft pick.
Troubled is definitely the word for Holmes.¬† He will miss the first four games of the season because he violated the league substance abuse policy.¬† In addition he’s being sued by a young lady who said threw a glass in her face at a night club recently.
These aren’t the first times he has been in trouble and they probably won’t be the last.¬† The Steelers grew tired of him and his act, plus some say he was the lamb sacrificed, so that Pittsburgh could get a pass for hanging onto trouble signal caller Ben Roethlisberger.
Holmes’ talent is undeniable and his habit of getting into trouble is just as undeniable, but how could he be worth only a fifth-round draft pick.¬† Did they bother calling the Dolphins or the Seahawks who were in pursuit of a top wide receiver?
Nobody in their right mind can look me in the face and tell me that the Steelers couldn’t have gotten much more for a guy, who caught over 70 passes this past season for over 1200 yards.
He also happens to have a Super Bowl MVP award on his resume, and is just entering his prime at 26 years of age.
This morning which was only three days after the trade of Holmes, the Denver Broncos had those two teams beating down their door and making offers for another talented and troubled young wide receiver by the name of¬† Brandon Marshall.
Yes you could make a good argument that Marshall is more talented than Holmes, but you could also make a good argument that he’s also more troubled.¬† The truth is that Holmes and Marshall are very close to each other in terms of talent and trouble.
Bill Parcells who is respected around the league as a no-nonsense, master team builder, gave the Broncos two second-round draft picks for Marshall, who has had domestic violence and drunken driving arrests.
Marshall was also suspended prior to the most important game of the season in the 2009-10 campaign. The Broncos had a game against a horrible Kansas City Chiefs team, which could have helped them make the playoffs.
He missed the game and they missed the playoffs.¬† Still Parcells and his Dolphins as well as the Seattle Seahawks were all lined up and ready to bend over backwards to acquire him.
Miami has now signed him to a contract which will make him the highest paid wide receiver in NFL history.¬† He gets a four year extension worth $47.5 million dollars with $24 million of it being guaranteed.
Holmes will miss the first four games of the season, Marshall is one mistake away from the same outcome.
How could Holmes be viewed as such a risk, while the Dolphins put all of that money on the line for somebody as erratic as Marshall?
The point I’m trying to make is why weren’t these teams aware of the availability of Holmes.¬† If they were willing to give up two second draft picks for Marshall, giving up one for Holmes would be a bargain.
I think somebody dropped the ball.
Either it was the Steelers front office, which made an emotional decision without talking to enough GM’s around the league.¬† Or some of the GM’s haven’t been spending enough time on the phone and they were left out of the loop.