In another big trade, the Steelers have sent Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth-round pick.
Here are some of the ramifications:
This trade improves the value of the other two wide outs and Heath Miller, but the impact might not be as large as one would think since Big Ben spreads the ball around pretty well. Also the Steelers are talking about moving towards a more run-heavy attack.
Hines Ward gets a little uptick in fantasy value with the unknown player of Mike Wallace taking over the #2 role along side.
The biggest gainer has to be Mike Wallace. He will see countless more targets and has a chance to really break out. In the pass-happy offense of Pittsburgh he could really be in line for top production. Wallace has home run speed and pretty good hands. He will go from the one or two catch games to 4 to 5 catches. I see him as a poor man’s DeSean Jackson. I would slide him up the draft boards.
New York Jets:
This move changes everything for the Jets. They now have two good wide outs on their roster. Both Holmes and Braylon Edwards will benefit from having each other around. The only issue I see is the looming 4-game suspension for violating the drug program in the NFL.
I think when he returns from this (if he does get suspended) he could make a huge impact for the Jets. Due to his up in the air status for week one, he will be viewed in a bad way come draft day, but in a dynasty draft, I would look at him with some increased value. Edwards and Holmes will make for a good WR pairing and with Sanchez growing up, the Jets could be lining up to make numerous runs at the Super Bowl.
Holmes can play — there is no doubt about that — but the off the field problems are an issue. The Jets are rolling the dice but at the same time this is a great move by them. Holmes is worth at least a 3rd round pick. He is young and talented and doesn’t have a huge salary number. He has improved in every year.
The Steelers are now in need of a WR could they be setting up for a move for Brandon Marshall … maybe but I doubt it since they wouldn’t trade one head ache for another. The Steelers need to make some moves if they want to be able to compete for the Super Bowl. Any WR they draft will have some instant value for them. Keep an eye on this I don’t think the Steelers are done. Could they be in the market for Dez Bryant.
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