The Steelers got some good news on Monday as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not charged in a sexual assault case. That same day the Steelers traded receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets.
Internet gambling companies have had to update their odds on Pittsburgh based on the troubles of Roethlisberger and now the loss of Holmes. The Steelers were set to release Holmes but they found a trade partner in New York and they were able to pick up a fifth round draft pick. Holmes has been suspended for the first four games of next season but the Jets knew about the suspension when they made the trade. The Jets are well aware of the troubles Holmes has had but they also consider him a major upgrade to their receiving corps. "He's known by members of the team," New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said. "Everybody has a lot of respect for him. He's tough. He's a clutch receiver. I don't think pressure gets to him in a game. We were happy to start this [relationship]."
Holmes will be able to practice and play in the preseason for the Jets but he will miss the first four games due to a league imposed suspension. Holmes definitely can help the Jets make an impact in NFL online gambling odds as he is a talented wide receiver who won the 2009 Super Bowl MVP award. He should fit in nicely with Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery to give quarterback Mark Sanchez another receiving option. Holmes has 235 career catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career. What he has done on the field is not in question, but his off the field issues. He was arrested for possession of marijuana in 2008, and he was involved in a domestic violence incident in 2006. Holmes caught 79 balls last season for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns. "Wow we got Holmes this is crazy," All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis said.
The Jets have been very aggressive this off-season. They have already signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson, cornerback Antonio Cromartie, safety Brodney Pool, kicker Nick Folk and now Holmes. New York is going to be an interesting team to follow next season in NFL odds at Internet gambling companies.
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