Jets get former Super Bowl MVP WR Santonio Holmes for a fifth round pick

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In a stunning move that adds another playmaker to the Jets offense, New York Sunday night made a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers, adding WR Santonio Holmes to the roster for a fifth round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Holmes shows up in New York with plenty of baggage, as he is facing a civil lawsuit in Florida from a woman who claims he threw a glass at her, cutting her above the eye, in an Orlando nightclub. The police also have been investigating the woman’s claims. Holmes denies hurting the woman, and a witness has since taken responsibility for tossing the glass, according to Holmes’ lawyer.

While it may seem like a rash move, the Steelers had finally had enough of Holmes, who has been in trouble more than once during his time in Pittsburgh. He was cited for marijuana possession, a misdemeanor, in Pennsylvania in 2008. The Steelers sat Holmes for the game following the incident against the New York Giants at home, and he subsequently apologized. In 2006, he was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Ohio, but that charge was later dropped.

Still, trading Holmes is nothing short of a major shock. In four seasons in Pittsburgh, the 26-year-old had 235 catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was the second wide out on the team next to Hines Ward, and many felt he was only going to get better. Now he’ll do it in New York, where the Jets get a play maker at wide out, and one they hope will stay out of trouble.


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