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Santonio Holmes Back To Pittsburgh? Not A Chance


The New York Jets are expected to make wide receiver Santonio Holmes a salary cap casualty between now and the start of the new league year and there's been more than one person that has asked me if I thought the Pittsburgh Steelers might be interested in bringing him back if the price is right.

My short response to that would be, no, and here are a few reasons as to why I think that way.

For starters, Holmes has missed 17 games over the course of the last two seasons due to foot and hamstring injuries. With him set to turn 30 years of age in March, you wonder if Father Time has been able to get to him faster than most other receivers his age.

Even if Holmes' injury problems were to easily be put behind him, he isn't likely going to want to play for the veteran minimum or anything close to it and he hinted as much back in December. On top if it, he would expect to start opposite Antonio Brown and that's just not going to happen with second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton expected to assume that role.

In addition to the above, Holmes, who the Steelers selected in the first-round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, still seems to have some maturity issues and still doesn't come off as a team player. He made news late last season with the Jets when he called out the Carolina Panthers secondary prior to facing them in Week 15.

“We do know not to call these guys out, but their secondary is probably their weakest link on their defense,” Holmes said.

The Panthers of course won that game 30-20 and Holmes finished with two catches for 14 yards, and two drops.

Following the Jets 24-14 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 16, Holmes was apparently real short with the media after the game and walked off after answering just three questions. This caused former Jet great and current SportsNet post game analyst Joe Klecko to go off on Holmes.

"He is really the less of a teammate that anybody could ever want," Klecko said. "That proves it with him walking out. He knows he didn’t put forth an effort today. He thought he was just going to go out there and they would lay an egg. He didn't really put the effort in. He had it all preconceived. He’s just not a good guy."

The Steelers only need one veteran wide receiver in their locker room next season and hopefully it's Jerricho Cotchery once again. Cotchery, who just so happened to play his first seven seasons in the league with the Jets, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent come the start of the new league year, but it shouldn't take much more than he's made the last few seasons to retain him.

While there have been several former Steelers players that have left the organization for a few years only to return to end their career in Pittsburgh, Holmes almost certainly won't be one of them. When they parted with him for a Jets fifth-round draft pick just prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, it was goodbye for good, or least that is what I am willing to bet.

As for the Jets, they are expected to have interest in Emmanuel Sanders when the free agent signing period rolls around. If they wind up signing him, he will likely get a good portion of the money the team saved by releasing Holmes.

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  • treeher

    He made a 1 in 100 catch in the SB and for that I say thanks, but otherwise, no thanks.

  • mem359

    When Clark said he knew of teammates who were pot smokers, Clark joined the Steelers the same year as Holmes was drafted.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Santonio who? Antonio Brown made me forget about him long ago.

  • Weiss Chad

    But he dropped the touchdown right before it that u shoul catch 99 out of a hundred tines.Either way im grateful for the ring he helped bring us.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I would have no problem with them bringing in another vet receiver, in fact if both Sanders and Cotchery leave I would prefer it, but Holmes wouldn’t be the first on my list. Funny since I don’t even know who else is on the list.

  • Steve

    Steelers sure don’t need any more problems then they have. Had enough problems Holmes first go round and don’t need anymore.

  • steeltown

    Funny, Wallace made me forget about Holmes and then Brown made me forget about Wallace.. now, after all said and done it only takes Cotchery to make me not even consider Holmes’ again

  • steeltown

    Bring back Cotchery! Move Wheaton up the depth chart and draft another WR/TE, we’ll be fine. Thanks but no thanks Mr. Holmes

  • steeltown

    I still haven’t given up on Moye or J.Brown.. neither will ever be a #2 or #3, neither has elite speed or ability but either could provide nice depth as #4 or #5 and help contribute in the redzone

  • 20Stoney

    If they didn’t want him around in 2010, why would they want the 2014 version?

  • dgh57

    Been there done that already so NO NEED to rehash this Holmes thing when all we have to do is resign Cotch!!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    No. Simply No!

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Whenever I see a highlight of that TD catch I always find myself thinking why could that not have been Hines’ reception.

  • Alan Felicia

    Funny story about Holmes that shows his character. From October thru mid November, Holmes missed every games. Each week here in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) during the weeks Holmes missed games (due to hamstring injury), the media would ask Rex Ryan Holmes’ playing status. Ryan would say that the team medical staff have cleared Holmes (to play). Yet, when the media asked Holmes, he would declare himself not healthy enough to play. This comedy routine lasted for 6 weeks until Holmes played in 11/17.
    The guy will turn 30 in March, a head case, and will absolutely be a cancer on any team! I will be very surprised if any team signs Holmes.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    In a comment on a previous thread, I wrote the Steelers should consider any veteran willing to come in and play on a qualifying contract. I’d like to correct that and say anyone but Santonio Holmes.

  • Jazz

    Why bring in a guy like Holmes? He is a guy that clearly never appreciated the gift God gave him. Smoking grass and being stupid off the field was his life. I remember the year the Steelers drafted that idiot, he was arrested not once but twice that year. No Thanks.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I threw that out there on your post about Sanders interest from the Jets the other day. The more i’m thinking about it and with the issues that Holmes still has i.e. injuries and maturity still lacking i’d say we should take our chances on Wheaton as our #2 possibly, get Cotchery resigned, draft a young WR, and see what Moye or Brown has to offer. There’s simply no room for Holmes and after you factor in all the issues he better hope another team is desperate for his services.

  • Brendon Glad

    He was proven to be a WR who needs to send Ben Roethlisberger a gift-basket every Xmas. Give him 4-8 seconds to get open and he was a lot more effective than when he was forced to do it in 2-3.5. Throw in the foot, age, and the attitude…and that’s why I think your article is 100% correct. Plaxico Burress will be on the 2014 Steelers way sooner than Holmes will be. And his chances are minute as well.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yep…no hard feelings. Fond memories from his 2008 playoff performances, a handshake, and polite applause in appearances should be the remainder of his Steelers Nation experience. I am not afraid to admit that I was pretty angry when the Steelers traded him for a late pick. I thought it was a “knee-jerk reaction”. Then they turned either that exact pick, or one so close to it that it’s irrelevant (can’t remember)…into Antonio Brown…a FAR superior player…widely considered the hardest worker on the team…so Steelers brass knew better than me…as they should, and usually do…but I’m still glad it happens way more often than with some of the other teams I root for.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Yep…Totally agree. Look what I said, Holmes is NOT first on my list, and I don’t even know who is on the list beside him.

  • c pernell

    not a bad word to say about santonio holmes! may had some off the field incidents but he called for that ball in the superbowl before he made that dazzling and amazing catch on his tippy toes in the endzone to bring us a nfl leading six superbowl championships! never take a big hearted talented star like that for granted!!
    holmes was money that whole entire season from the first game in baltimore with the first game winning td from ben to when he caught that ball at the 50 and ran past everybody on the baltimore defense to a td in the afc championship game!

    you add him with antonio brown and we are back in business on offense for real!! holmes wasn’t that noticeable in ny because his qb was terrible and could not get him the ball! that is no problem with big ben as we have seen!
    cut the negative emotions about long time ago off previous off field incidents and bring him back to pittsburgh so we can get back to winning! chemistry was excellent!!

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