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How deal affects Steelers and Jets

Trading Santonio Holmes won't kill the Steelers. Here's why

Updated: April 12, 2010, 4:48 PM ET
By Mel Kiper | ESPN Insider

Pittsburgh's move to get rid of Santonio Holmes sends a pretty clear message: A franchise that has a massive fan base is clearly concerned about the behavior of its players and doesn't take lightly to off-the-field headaches.

The Jets, on the other hand, have a fiery personality running the show in coach Rex Ryan, and the team already absorbed Braylon Edwards, whose previous employer had seen as a headache. New York feels Holmes is an improving talent worth the risk (and the wait, as he faces a suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy) and simply needs better options at wide receiver.

Some will now say the Jets no longer need to take a wideout early in the upcoming draft and the Steelers have created a hole that will need to be filled. Well, there are a couple of ways to look at it.

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