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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.

Category: NFL

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:56 am

Rooney's Rule

Don't kid yourself....Braylon Edwards is flat terrible.....not even close to a number one receiver. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:27 am

Rooney's Rule

 not to say that Holmes is not an all star, but Big Ben is a better player times one million.

I don't know about all that, he certainly plays a more important position. But Ben's market value is about 15-20 million a year and Holmes is 8-12 a year. I am still hoping the media just hasn't heard there is another pick coming in 2011, but his value is at an all time low considering the rumored suspension thats on the horizon, that suspension would mean the Steelers only have Holmes under contract for 12 more games. So if they can get a good player with that pick it could end up being decent value, 5 years of a decent player is worth 12 games of a great player right? I dunno, I am just trying to find some positive here, I though we could atleast still get a third rounder for him.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:58 am

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hey prisco, jets already have a second/first receiver in cotchery- some of the greatest hands in football.  the jets now have 3 number 1 quality receivers + a young up and coming tight end.  gonna be a fun year, trade up to get berry or mays, sign JT, get a nickel corner in the draft, a raw pass rusher in the draft for taylor to groom, and a big bruising back/FB in the draft and enjoy the production

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:49 am

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A 5th? Are you kidding me? I get that he angered the boss and maybe getting rid of him was the best thing to do if you want to make a point, but a 5th. The only point the Steelers made is that if they get mad at a player they'll be likely to make an incredibly stupid move. At minimum they should have been able to get a 3rd for that guy. Wow, I guess they really showed Holmes who the boss is. The Jets are probably still to stunned to laugh at the Steelers yet.

Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:39 am

Rooney's Rule

If the Rooney's follow their own code of personal conduct for each team member, then they will suspend, trade, or fine Big Ben. If they don't it's a typical case of the all star player gets the less severe punishment; not to say that Holmes is not an all star, but Big Ben is a better player times one million.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:39 am

Rooney's Rule

Steelers' loss is the Jets gain. If they want to give away Holmes for a fifth rounder, so be it. Jets fans are happy as it helps to bolster their WR core. Steelers fans are left trying to figure out why their team just gave up arguably their best reciever for only a 5th rounder and not a higher pick.

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