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Steelers trade Holmes to Jets

UPDATED (4:31 p.m.)...

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to trade wide receiver Santonio Holmes, a former Super Bowl most valuable player, to the New York Jets.

The Steelers are to receive a fifth-round pick in this month's NFL draft in the trade.

Kevin Colbert, the Steelers' director of football operations, confirmed the deal, saying in a written statement posted on the team's Web site: "We have agreed to trade Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets. We believe the move is in the best interests of the Pittsburgh Steelers."

According to the Associated Press, Jets owner Woody Johnson said: "He's known by members of the team. Everybody has a lot of respect for him. He's tough. He's a clutch receiver. I don't think pressure gets to him in a game. We were happy to start this" relationship.

Holmes caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the Steelers' latest Super Bowl triumph but has had off-field issues.

The NFL announced Monday that Holmes will be suspended without pay for the first four games of next season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

A woman also alleged that Holmes threw a glass at her face recently at an Orlando nightclub. The woman filed a lawsuit against Holmes last month and the police have been investigating the alleged incident. Holmes's attorney said he sent information to the Orlando police proving that Holmes did nothing wrong.

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin put Holmes on the team's inactive list for one game during the 2008 season when Holmes was facing a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge stemming from a traffic stop. Prosecutors later dropped the charge and reportedly conceded that the traffic stop would not have held up in court.

Holmes, 26, has one season remaining on his contract.

He was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII at the conclusion of the 2008 season. Holmes had nine catches for 131 yards as the Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals. He caught a six-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the winning points with 35 seconds remaining.

Holmes was a first-round draft choice by the Steelers in 2006. He had 235 regular season catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns in four seasons with the Steelers, including 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns last season. The Steelers signed two wide receivers, Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle, as free agents earlier this offseason.

The Jets have made a series of high-profile moves since reaching last season's AFC title game, signing tailback LaDainian Tomlinson as a free agent and trading for San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie and Holmes. Free agent defensive end Jason Taylor visited the Jets last week.

Holmes joins a Jets' receiving corps that also includes Braylon Edwards.

By Mark Maske  |  April 12, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  | Category:  Jets , Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Is it just me, or does anybody else think the commissioner needs to step in and void this trade? Clearly the Steelers wanted to get rid of him, no matter the price, but it doesn't sound like they even shopped for a better deal. The Jets getting such a top-shelf receiver without giving up anything of value is just way too lopsided and doesn't promote competition.

Posted by: kemp13 | April 13, 2010 8:19 AM

Speaking as a Jets fan, I'm delighted. A fifth round pick for a Super Bowl MVP isn't much. Sure, it is a rental for twelve games, but maybe he'll stay. The Jets are pretty loaded going into the new stadium. J E T S JETS JETS JETS

Posted by: Nemo24601 | April 13, 2010 6:04 AM

Holmes was a first round pick a few years ago, a Superbowl MVP and they let him go for only a 5th rounder? Hines isn't getting any younger and Limas Sweed is a turd so I guess that makes Mike Wallace the new #2 receiver?

Posted by: ozpunk | April 12, 2010 8:49 PM

lol, Big Ben has two mess ups and Holmes has one. Guess who gets traded???

Posted by: hokiematt10 | April 12, 2010 10:40 AM

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