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Monday, April 12, 2010
Suspension factored into Holmes trade

By James Walker

Here is more clarity on the Santonio Holmes trade: A pending four-game suspension factored into the decision for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

ProFootballTalk.com recently reported Holmes violated the NFL's substance abuse policy, and ESPN's Adam Schefter also confirmed the report Monday. With Holmes only able to contribute a maximum of 12 games next season, the Steelers settled for a fifth-round pick from the New York Jets.

The upcoming suspension would have been another blemish for the Steelers in what's already been a poor offseason for off-the-field conduct. Now the Jets have to deal with Holmes' pending suspension, albeit at a very cheap price.

Holmes is in the final year of his contract, and after a rash of incidents it was clear the Steelers were not going to re-sign him to a long-term extension.