A lot of people were questioning the Steelers in the past few months because of Ben's assault case and all of Santonio's issues. The Steelers were better than that; they had too much class. Had the "Steelers way" really fallen to the wayside that quickly? A lot of people point back to the James Harrison situation; when the Steelers made a lame excuse as to why they didn't draw the same hard line with Harrison as they had with others. Some other people, including me, questioned the legitimacy of the notion at all; Steelers Way: myth or reality?
Well, now at least we know there's still some sense of dignity left in the Steelers organization. The 'Lers sent Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth round pick.
My initial thought was, "What the F?" A fifth round pick is all we can get for a former number 1 who is also a Super Bowl MVP? But the more I thought about, the more it made sense. Holmes will be gone after this season, he's already going to be suspended for four games this upcoming season, and the guy is a pretty big question mark (he's a very talented wide receiver, but he's obviously not that smart, and has yet to really put it together). Maybe I'm just trying to talk myself into the move, but it's not like the offense is going to go straight down the tube without Tone. They signed Randle-El who is a capable 3rd WR and they have Mike Wallace who seems more than capable to step into the same role that Holmes played.
I don't know, I probably need more time to think about this move, and it will help when I hear what other people (whose opinions I value) have to say. But the only logical reason for this type of move has to be for the face of the franchise, because it definitely needed a little rhytidectomy.