I saw a lot of speculation about gentleman's agreements surrounding the supposed Holmes giveaway. Like most strange baseball customs (minor league? chewing tobacco?) I have no idea what that means, so I did some research, and I'm sharing my wiki-educated guesses with you. After the jump, we explore what gentleman's agreement the Steelers and Jets might have made, in order of likelihood.
5. Holmes has a non-zero chance of going to jail. He is trying to talk himself out of incriminating tweets, and some dude is confessing to cover Holmes for the other allegation. This is all suspicious as hell. At least Ben had the decency to say as little as possible about his girl trouble.
The Jets accepted this non-zero chance to get a proven postseason player and make their Super Bowl run with an intact Great Defense. The two teams agreed to pretend this had nothing to do with the trade.
4. When Leon Washington is signed, the Jets will let us have him for similar peanuts. The big rumor that surrounded the actually-true rumor is most likely false. Leon Washington is a New York hero, and not an embarrassing. However he is wounded which in some ways makes him even riskier than Holmes. I hope this happens but I doubt it.
3. The Jets agreed to trade their first round pick for a 2nd and some change (a 3rd and a 5th?), if a coveted player drops to them. Coveted as in, one of the top interior linemen (Iupati/Pouncey) and one of the top defensive backs (Berry/Haden/Wilson/Thomas/Mays). Getting a player in each of these categorys would be like pumping exactly $20 of gasoline, I am sure the Steelers are trying to get this or something similar to happen.
2. We only did it to guarantee the Jets going 3-0 against the rest of the AFC North this year, and we wanted to get rid of Holmes anyway.
1. There is nothing behind it and anyone who thinks the uber-competitive, profit-driven NFL's top teams would agree to anything mutually beneficial regularly wakes and bakes.