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Rooney's Rule

Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:21 am
Edited on: April 13, 2010 11:19 am
Don't cross the Rooneys in Pittsburgh.

That's the message sent loud and clear by the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night when they traded receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick.

Holmes has had his share of troubles with the Steelers, the latest a club incident in which he is accused of throwing a glass at a woman's face. He is also facing a four-game suspension by the league, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.

The Steelers hate that kind of behavior, which is why Holmes was probably traded. Let's face it -- he's their best receiver. So give the Rooney family, which owns the Steelers, credit for sticking with their ideals that character matters.

But does it matter when the quarterback is the guy in trouble? We shall see. Even though reports say Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged for the recent Georgia incident involving a woman and a potential assault charge, he is guilty of stupidity for putting himself in that position. How do the Rooneys handle that one?

As for this trade, the Jets now have a second receiver to go with Braylon Edwards and they got him at a cheap price. Holmes isn't a major problem, so this could be a good deal for the Jets.

The Steelers are left with Hines Ward and Mike Wallace as starters and veterans Arnaz Battle and Antwaan Randle El as backups. Losing Holmes hurts, which is why this seems like a Rooney-mandated deal.

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Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:03 pm

Rooney's Rule

As stated above....Holmes will miss four games and will become a free agent at the end of the year.  Doing so now the Steelers will save around $2.4 million in cap money.  So if I veteran receiver gets cut after the draft they can go after him or draft one early and put the 2.4 million into a different position.  Yes at first when the trade was made without knowledge of the suspension it seemed like a steal for the Jets, but now it's seems about right.  The Jets still pick a good receiver for 12 games, but I doubt they try and resign him after the year.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:55 pm

Prisco you jackass

It is because of morons like you who play judge and jury before any facts are out that situations get so far out of control.

You effect situations cause often players do not speak to teams about incidents and sides begin to take the press clippings for truth..the team is not backing me..or the team assumes guilty or a worst situation cause of the press.

...WELL!!  low and behold..looks like Holmes actually did NOTHING..nothing!  except argue with a hoe...and that is what she was..probably bugging the crap out of him.  (you assume and indicate as fact he threw a glass at that pig...FALSE ..where is your should be sued for that, slandering his character)

Ben case same thing..whatever happened I am SURE was consentual.

You and all other reporters are a bunch of ambulance chasing morons.  And I second Holmes tweet!   We would all be better off if you all disappeared.

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:54 pm

Rooney's Rule

I applaud the Rooneys, as always.  Holmes had a history.  We don't need one of those hip-hop jive rap idiots on our team, never did, never will.  And 6 rings speaks very loudly.  Holmes played great in the '08 playoffs but never was a consistently good receiver.  Time to get things back under control in Pitt, wonder what they will do with Ben.  Even though he doged the legal bullet he is still a risk.  I think they give him one more chance.   The Steelers got Randle-El back so that will help, and now I know why they made that move - to cover themsleves because they knew "Tone" was out.  Swann and Stallworth never acted like idiots and they made the HOF and have four rings each, so it can be done.  Same with Rice he has 3 rings and miles of ink in the record book.  Why do these new generation kids like T.O. and Chad Johnson or whateve rhe calls himself these days, Holmes, etc. feel the need to act like total prima donna imbeciles?

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:34 pm

Rooney's Rule

Steelers' fans aren't left to figure anything out.  We understand that the Steelers operate one of the finest organizations in pro sports and have been consistently competitive, including a record number of Super Bowl Championships, as a result.  Holmes isn't the first talented player to be shown the door and if Roethlisberger doesn't straighten up, they will do the same for him.  The Steelers will still be competitive.  Oh, and by the way, while you celebrate your team taking the Steelers castoffs, do recall the last time the Jets won it all.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:26 pm

Rooney's Rule

He's replace-able.....

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:04 pm

Rooney's Rule

I think any player should be able to make a mistake and be given a second chance, but when they continue to make fools out of themselves and make themselves and the team, something needs to be done. I don't care if it Santana Holmes or  Big Ben or any other player big name or a grunt, he should face disciplenary action.

If they do this with Holmes they should give Big Ben some kind of disciplenary action as well. I know they are not going to trade him, but they need to get his attention. Hard to believe he is perfectly innocent in two times at bat.

Way to go ROONEY's

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 2:04 pm

Rooney's Rule

At minimum they should have been able to get a 3rd for that guy. Nobody's trading a third round pick for a guy who is gonig to miss the first quarter of the last season of his contract.  A third round pick for 12 games?  Total nonsense.  My guess is that the Jets were the only team to offer anything for him, given that it was pretty clear that he'd have been cut if not traded.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:00 pm

Rooney's Rule

And to think, they probably could've gotten Darius Heyward-Bey straight up in a trade with the Raiders.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:59 pm

Rooney's Rule

Holmes is a free agent after this season.  He comes with a lot of baggage, and will be suspended for the first 4 wks this season.  If caught once more for anything under the conduct policy he could be suspended for a long period of time.  New York will be a difficult place for him to stay out of trouble.  His IQ is that of a retard, and this is no lie.  He is literally stupid, but being a heck of a receiver will make up for his incompetence.  Congrats NY you have a darn good receiver, but beware of the risk involved!

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:42 pm

Rooney's Rule

I did not make it clear when responding to oldnastygoat.  The Steelers know that Holmes was gone after next year, and don't need to put up with him.  He is overrated, only putting up bigger numbers when the Steelers decided to air it out.  Prior years he underachieved, and is nowhere near as talented and vital as Ward.  Anyone who undervalues Ward has not seen him play in person. 

Lastly,  I am not hear to argue for or against pot, but for Holmes to joke about it on twitter shows a lack of maturity, class and just good old common sense.  He is one stupid decision away from a year long ban.

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