The Santonio Holmes Trade Should Not Have Shocked You
Steeler Nation as usual is divided into 2 camps this morning. Those that see what the Steelers did with Santonio as being a business move made from a business and organizational stand point and those that think the Steelers got robbed on a Sunday night.
How soon everyone decides to ignore the facts amazes me. First, Tone had become a bigger problem. His recent legal Orlando troubles along with a looming alleged 4 game suspension for violating the NFL\’s Substance Abuse Policy were only starters. His follow up actions are Twitter were embarrassing as well, especially in light of everything that has already happened with Big Ben.
Holmes was also entering the final year of his contract and it had become apparent that the Steelers were not too crazy on giving him Greg Jennings type money, especially in light of everything that has happened this offseason.
I tried to give Steeler Nation a heads up that he could be going the same path as Plaxico Burress. I told you to be weary of a trade as well. This was not a Nostradameaus prediction, it was merely a clearly minded reading of the tea leaves without rose colored glasses on. Hey, but if you want to pat me on the back, go ahead.
Perhaps Randle El, slipped as well when he said he was going to be the #3 receiver. No, not really, but it was curious that he and Arnaz Battle were both signed to a team that has a ton of wide receivers on it fighting for 5 or maybe 6 spots. That was not even counting head case, Limas Sweed, who the organization claims they have not given up on.
Also take into account all of the pre draft receiver visits. A few may be a smoke screen, but including todays visitor, Antonio Brown of Central Michigan , that brings the number to 7 wide receiver visits of a possible 30 visits. That is no smoke screen, folks.
Lastly, you forget great receivers with baggage usually do not fetch much in trades. Just lool at Randy Moss. Moss will surely be a Hall of Famer and in his prime was traded from the Raiders to the Patriots for a 4th round pick. The Rooneys got what they could get for Holmes and needed to do it prior to the draft. Hanging on to a developing club house cancer who was likely gone after 2010 for a mere compensatory pick, was not the right choice. The time to move Tone was now and the Rooneys knew this.