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Why the Bucs said no thanks to Santonio Holmes



Super Bowl hero Santonio Holmes was traded to the New York Jets for a fifth round pick.

Holmes is coming off arguably the best season of his career, with 1,249 receiving yards on 79 catches. Certainly, the Bucs are in need of a play-making receiver, considering their lack of depth at that position.

Sammie Stroughter, Maurice Stovall, Michael Clayton and Reggie Brown may not strike fear into the hearts of defensive backs.

But for those  Bucs fans -- and knee-jerk radio talk show hosts -- who are up and arms the Bucs didn't trade for Holmes, here are a few things you might want to consider. You know, facts  that a general manager like Mark Dominik or coach Raheem Morris would weigh.

Start with the fact that Holmes is going to be suspended for the first four games of 2010 for violating the NFL's substance abuse poilicy, according to

Why would a team trade for a guy who is not available until Oct. and just one positive drug test away from being suspended for the year or worse?

On the same weekend Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in Georgia, Holmes was accused of throwing a drink in the face of a woman at an Orlando nightclub. The woman is suing Holmes in civil court and has re-filed a criminal complaint.

Holmes has a history of being charged with domestic violence. In 2006, he was arrested for allegedly choking and throwing the mother of one of his children to the ground. That same year, he was popped for disorderly conduct in South Beach.

Holmes also is nearing the end of his contract, so any team who traded for him will face a renegotiation.

Also, consider this. There's not a person on the face of the planet that is closer to Morris than Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Do you really think if this was a player who was worth the trouble, Tomlin wouldn't make Morris aware of that?

Just because one team out of 32 makes a trade for Holmes doesn't mean the other 31 were asleep at the wheel.

The Bucs are not above criticism for not being active in free agency. They have a young quarterback who could use some new targets.

But to make the Holmes trade to the Jets an example of the Bucs' front office failures is ridiculous and a cheap way to stir banal chatter on the radio or fan blogs.

But in the real world of the NFL, it's probably a sound decision to stay away from Holmes.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:58pm]


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