Not only did the Steelers trade their starting receiver within the AFC, but they also shipped him to a team Pittsburgh will face in 2010.
Pittsburgh's trade of Holmes for just a fifth-round pick sent a message that the Steelers are trying to restore their public image. Holmes and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have kept the team in the news this offseason for all of the wrong reasons, and the Steelers made a choice between two of their best players.
But expect Holmes to be highly motivated to face his former team. That will be one of many interesting storylines for Pittsburgh this season.