Jets release former Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes

Joe Sargent

Once a Super Bowl MVP, the end of Holmes' career is better described as a player the Steelers dealt to eventually land the pick that drafted Antonio Brown.

In an expected move, the New York Jets announced they've released wide receiver Santonio Holmes after a disappointing four seasons.

The Jets traded a fifth round draft pick to Pittsburgh for the former Super Bowl MVP in 2010, after Holmes was suspended for the first four games of the season.

The Steelers parlayed that pick as part of a package sent to Arizona for cornerback Bryant McFadden, and the Cardinals' sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Steelers used that pick on Central Michigan wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown was a second-team All Pro selection in 2013, the same year in which he broke the Steelers' single-season receiving yards record at 1,499.

After a lukewarm first season, Holmes never got off the ground as a Jet. Locker room issues as well as several injuries largely derailed his career, and if there will be any market for Holmes' services in 2014, it will likely be at a price at or near the league minimum.

It's a long fall for the Steelers' 2006 first round draft pick and Super Bowl XLIII MVP. The game outlives everyone, but Holmes was poised to become one of the best receivers in franchise history after just three years in the league. Rumors circulated about his dissatisfaction with his contract, and his suspension and an alleged altercation with a woman at a night club the summer of 2010 led to his trade to the Jets.

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