Think back to Super Bowl XLIII.
The Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Arizona Cardinals. A wildly mismatched game by all experts standards, but the Steelers found themselves in an absolute battle. They needed two huge plays to be made to win that game. James Harrison's 97 yard interception return for a touchdown (which might be the single greatest play in Super Bowl history), and to top it off was Santonio Holmes' tip toe catch in the corner of the end zone to seal the victory for the Steelers and cap a stunning 92 yard drive by the Steelers' offense.
Just typing that gives me goosebumps. However, lets not let the shine of that 6th Lombardi trophy blind our judgment when Ike Taylor went on to Trib-Live Radio and said he recently spoke to the two former Steelers and both expressed an interest in returning to the team.
Fans immediately think how nice it would be to see Holmes line up opposite of Antonio Brown, and how great it would be to see Harrison teach Jarvis Jones the tricks of the trade at the OLB position. Sounds just peachy doesn't it? If you ask me, lets just pump the breaks on the reunion tour.
Holmes' time with the Steelers was certainly a memorable one, but his off the field antics were also memorable. The Steelers were wise in getting rid of Holmes when they did, and all he has done for the Jets has been a constant on the weekly injury report. That's what the Steelers need, an aging and oft injured wide receiver.
In my opinion, Harrison is the better option of the two to return, but do you really want an aging veteran on a defense that has been committed to getting younger and faster? Older and slower is the complete opposite direction of that plan.
Barring a major injury to a key player at either the wide receiver position or the linebacker position, the Steelers should move on from these two former Steelers. Were their careers here great? No doubt about it, but that shouldn't be a ticket back to town. Sometimes you just have to let go.