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King: Santonio trade is a "shot across the bow to Big Ben"

1181.jpgThe Twitter servers are being overloaded this evening as word spreads like wildfire of the trade that sent Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets.

Ironically, the move comes only days after Ken Laird of ESPN 1250 in Pittsburgh reported that Holmes didn’t believe the Steelers will pay him big money, and that Holmes wanted to play in a big market.

And so the former Buckeye is now paired with a former Wolverine, Braylon Edwards.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)  They’ll both be catching passes from a former Trojan, while a former Horned Frog sits at the end of the bench and pouts.

Meanwhile, Peter King of SI.com and NBC put it best in characterizing the move:  “A shot across the bow to Big Ben.”  King also points out that the Steelers could have played this out for something more than a fourth-round pick, but that the Steelers opted to get it done, displaying a “we’re not gonna take it anymore attitude.” 

We’re also wondering whether the Steelers pulled the trigger on the deal so quickly because they fear there’s a chance that, come 2:00 p.m. E.T. on Monday, they’ll get another dose of bad news from District Attorney Fred Bright, ESPN’s report on the matter notwithstanding.

Either way, the stakes for Monday’s press conference just went way, way up.  If Roethlisberger gets charged, he could be the next one to be traded for a cold turkey sandwich with wilted lettuce.

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63 Responses to “King: Santonio trade is a "shot across the bow to Big Ben"”
  1. FumbleNuts says: Apr 11, 2010 11:57 PM

    Rapenstein should be banished to the “Black Hole.”

  2. Playoffs?! says: Apr 11, 2010 11:58 PM

    In regards to that last line: GIVE IT UP FLORIO! YOUR ATTEMPTS AT HUMOR ARE PATHETIC!

  3. funi says: Apr 11, 2010 11:58 PM

    Tomlin could be the next to go! 10 Steelers have been in trouble since he took over! This would not have happened if Cowher was still in charge, he still could be hired!!

  4. Larry David says: Apr 11, 2010 11:59 PM

    Did the Steelers not call around? Don’t u think if they told teams they were about to trade him for a 5th, someone would have definitely offered more. I don’t get it, makes no sense. I mean, Tampa’s #1 receiver right now is Michael Clayton. They surely would have given up at least a 4th for him.

  5. JohnnyH says: Apr 11, 2010 11:59 PM

    Sounds like there’s another team in PA getting a colonic.

  6. DoomsDayD75 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:00 AM

    florio says:
    And so the former Buckeye is now paired with a former Wolverine, Braylon Edwards. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) They’ll both be catching passes from a former Trojan, while a former Horned Frog sits at the end of the bench and pouts.
    ————————————————-
    Now that’s gold Jerry. Gold.

  7. jm0205 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:00 AM

    Wow.. I really hope Limas Sweed comes around, which I think he will.. Mike Wallace is awesome and Hines still performs at a top level, but he’s not getting any younger.. Antwaan Randle El is going to get it done

  8. stiller43 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:05 AM

    God, I hope he’s found guilty.

  9. Dixon29 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:06 AM

    Trade Ben to the Bills. He can go to Canada, the women there will do anything for a Molson 3.0. Canadian beer is like moonshine. Hell yes!

  10. Dickcheese says: Apr 12, 2010 12:06 AM

    Florio is really prayin’ Kelly Naqi’s report is wrong. Like seriously, the thought gets him hard. This guy has serious problems.
    Steelers should have gotten more than a fifth, but this was Holmes’ last year in Pitt anyway.

  11. jollyrob68 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:06 AM

    Is it a 4th or a 5th? Both would be total BS but I’d warm up to a 4th. Total Bs they could of gotten a 1st, 2nd or a 3rd. Tampa & KC have 2 seconds and seattle has 2 1st or could of given up a 2nd.

  12. markwhct says: Apr 12, 2010 12:07 AM

    Rex and the boys will keep him in check or else…at least and can catch a pass!!!

  13. LeeroyJenkins says: Apr 12, 2010 12:08 AM

    His #’s are going to drop in NY and then he’s gonna wanna get paid Top 5 WR $.
    Holmes is more trouble than he’s worth, missing 4 games, new team and system, then a FA…
    Rooneys are SMRT

  14. cunn9305 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:09 AM

    Holy sh*t they’re not screwin’ around … aside he IS our starting flanker , or was. I’m in shock. He must have some serious baggage with the league’s substance program or they wouldn’t have let him go for so little. Sweed better start practicing his catches on the JUGS machine. Yowza.

  15. oyoy84 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:10 AM

    Steelers = 5-11 next year

  16. SirSuperSouthern says: Apr 12, 2010 12:12 AM

    Was he traded for a fourth or fifth round pick? The post right under this one says fifth, this one says fourth. Which one is it?

  17. cbatchel says: Apr 12, 2010 12:12 AM

    Truly shocked! A #1 receiver for a 5th rounder, WTF. 5th rounders are a dime a dozen, the majority of those guys don’t make it through camp and even make the team.
    Wow I know Holmes only had 1 yr left on his contract, but one 5th rounder, not a 2nd or a 3rd and a 5th or a 4th and a 5th, just a 5th, Haha, WOW.

  18. BillsFan27 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:15 AM

    Ol’ BB would probably try and “do things” to that sandwich. Poor sandwich.

  19. SC21 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:19 AM

    The Steelers gave away a former first round draft pick and Super Bowl MVP for nothing in order to send their dumbass QB a message? Jesus Christ, that’s stupid.
    And its also stupid to think that they could or would trade Big Ben given his enormous contract and legal problems. No team is going to want to pay him a bunch of money to sit in prison.

  20. SC21 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:20 AM

    Last time I checked, Braylon Edwards doesn’t catch passes, and Mark Sanchez doesn’t complete enough to his own team, and that former Horned Frog is a first ballot Hall of Famer.

  21. awfflpete says: Apr 12, 2010 12:20 AM

    trade Rapistberger to the Vikes, he’ll dig the Love Boats…

  22. Markle says: Apr 12, 2010 12:21 AM

    There is no bad news at the Press conference tomorrow. you were just completely wrong on this georgia case.

  23. LeeroyJenkins says: Apr 12, 2010 12:25 AM

    its a 5th rounder for 12 games pretty much, then wait to see how much FA $ he wants.

  24. JDeezy says: Apr 12, 2010 12:25 AM

    LOL: “we’re not gonna take it anymore attitude.”

  25. Route36West says: Apr 12, 2010 12:27 AM

    “If Roethlisberger gets charged, he could be the next one to be traded for a cold turkey sandwich with wilted lettuce”
    Well played Florio. You knew that remark was going to be throw back in your face so you used it before someone else could.
    After I read your orginal post I was going to say if the traded Santonio Holmes for a 5th round pick then Hines Ward must be worth a cold turkey sandwich with wilted lettuce.

  26. Mean D says: Apr 12, 2010 12:27 AM

    Ben raped her.

  27. mborz says: Apr 12, 2010 12:27 AM

    For years Florio has gone on and on about how the Steelers were only willing to sacrifice their less important players (ala Cedric Wilson) who got into trouble but never their stars.
    Now they’ve essentially released their Super Bowl MVP and Florio doesn’t even attempt to bring up the comparison he’s harped on again and again.
    Come on Florio, show some integrity. This move flies in the face of the accusations you’ve made again and again. The least you could do was acknowledge it.

  28. 24ksmith says: Apr 12, 2010 12:29 AM

    And its also stupid to think that they could or would trade Big Ben given his enormous contract and legal problems. No team is going to want to pay him a bunch of money to sit in prison.
    You’ve obviously never heard of the Oakland Raiders, my friend. But yea LT is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer no doubt

  29. Shank says: Apr 12, 2010 12:29 AM

    before passionate NY-NJ fans declare that this is the missing piece to a super bowl run…. here’s a thought: all these big names (braylon, LT, Santonio, Cro) and the J-E-T-S offense will still be mediocre.
    braylon couldn’t catch a cold if he went out skinny dipping in the Hudson during the middle of winter.
    Behind a better OL, LT might have more than 3 ypc left in him.
    In light of his last game, the jury is out on whether Cro remembers how to tackle. Hopefully he can pull it together. playing across from Revis Island should make life easier.
    Still, that’s a lot of personality for one team.

  30. jmoynihan says: Apr 12, 2010 12:30 AM

    Santonio Holmes reminds me of someone…who could it be…enjoy Jets fans!!

  31. Stealthhawk says: Apr 12, 2010 12:31 AM

    Steelers fans love the guy when he’s wearing black and gold but then rag on him after he’s gone and claim Rooney is smart for trading him. Bunch of freaking homers.

  32. se18a29 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:32 AM

    They should trade rapistburger to Oakland for a box of condoms…

  33. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 12, 2010 12:33 AM

    Holmes was never a #1, although he will demand to get paid that way by the Jets. All I can say is, the Jets better win big this year. Good luck trying to sign Braylon and Santonio – two guys who will never be a #1, but who will require #1 cashola.
    As for Ben, sucks to be you. Mothball the satan t-shirt – that might be task #1 on your new to-do list after tonight. And get ready for a suspension – for sure!
    I been telling you guys this day would come. You still don’t believe me when I tell you the Roonies ran Bradshaw out of town back in the day?

  34. cunn9305 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:34 AM

    If they don’t have Wallace then it’s more difficult but the kid is a real find and a better deep threat than Holmes. If he steps in at flanker and the Stillers get decent No. 3 production out of ARE and maybe Sweed then they’ll be OK.

  35. cgc1969 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:39 AM

    steelers will find someone to fill the WR spot. plenty of talent out there. don’t panic steelers fans he wasn’t traded within the division. Wallace an excellent WR will take over at the #2 spot. they did the right thing even though he’s a great WR, steelers don’t want garbage lying around they want MEN who want to play. Big Ben here’s your wake up call! stay out of trouble or your next to go! Steelers are very good in making business decisions. the defense was the problem last year not the offense.

  36. jm0205 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:48 AM

    i meant to say randle el ISNT going to get it done

  37. MileHighMadness says: Apr 12, 2010 12:55 AM

    They could have got more value if they would have waited for DRAFT DAY

  38. QB_of_the_Future says: Apr 12, 2010 12:58 AM

    With the 18th pick in the 2010 draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Golden Tate from Notre Dame.

  39. rolli1967 says: Apr 12, 2010 1:07 AM

    Worthlessburger and Holmes both need to lay off the FUR-BURGERS. If they don’t, they may find that thier next place of employment will be turning HAMBURGERS at McDonalds.

  40. cgc1969 says: Apr 12, 2010 1:08 AM

    cunn9305 sweed is terrible the steelers should cut him or they probably will he can’t catch the ball besides he hardly plays anyway just good house cleaning

  41. spyboots says: Apr 12, 2010 1:14 AM

    “Steelers fans love the guy when he’s wearing black and gold but then rag on him after he’s gone and claim Rooney is smart for trading him. Bunch of freaking homers.”
    Read the Steeler forums; you’ll see that most posted they wanted to get rid of him.

  42. EDM says: Apr 12, 2010 1:16 AM

    Thats what they get for not paying Cowher and screwing Whisenhunt and Grimm. Karma

  43. Schau3r says: Apr 12, 2010 1:19 AM

    I have to give Steelers props on this one. I don’t even like the Steelers, but you have to commend them for taking a stand when these players are too stupid to even realize how well off they are. Playing in the NFL is a huge priviledge, not a damn right. Sick of these dumb thugs…Steelers are a class act. Next up is that greasy, yeti looking, Rapelisburger.

  44. PossibleCabbage says: Apr 12, 2010 1:34 AM

    A former horned frog is going to be sitting on the bench and pouting? Is Drew Coleman sad about something?

  45. robert ethan says: Apr 12, 2010 1:51 AM

    You need a friggin’ “moon shot” to get across the bow of that tub of cholosterol. The USS Roethlisberger.

  46. monet99 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:22 AM

    Has nothing to do with Big Ben as usual Peter King knows zip. Holmes has had his issues and the Steelers are tired of it. Lots of teams must have said no thanks to Steelers. Big Ben is a seperate case.

  47. Katmanduu says: Apr 12, 2010 6:24 AM

    Holmes in NY? That’s like leaving a mouse with the cheese. I knew he would be traded, but I thought they would get more than a 5′th. Boy has he soured since catching the pass.

  48. SFrancis1680 says: Apr 12, 2010 6:42 AM

    after you’re done w/ the Big Ben stories, i noticed there’s no “gettin freaky w/TIKI” stories,…or i must have missed them. that scumbag dumps his pregnant wife for a 20 something intern, AND not a peep out of you about it… C”MON FLORIO, this garbage is right up your alley, & since you both work at NBC, it should not have escaped your attention.

  49. runtheball says: Apr 12, 2010 7:33 AM

    It is not a shot a Ben in any way. Holmes is an unrepentent dope head who will be suspended and who will not be resigned at the end of the year. If anything they should have tried to move him right after the season ended and could have possible got more for him.

  50. bengals4real says: Apr 12, 2010 7:46 AM

    The stoolsamples will suck even worse than last year 4-12 tops.
    This ones out of your hands mr.goodell you have to play commish now to your favorite team…
    Lets see how you deal these fools the justice they deserve.

  51. bigtrav425 says: Apr 12, 2010 8:36 AM

    i hope rapistberger is going down!…i personally would of gave up a 3rd without even thinking about it for Holmes…glad the steelers got F/D over for once

  52. Bird Man says: Apr 12, 2010 8:36 AM

    So what is the warning? Stop getting into trouble or we’ll send you to a better team?

  53. Danwhitmer says: Apr 12, 2010 8:58 AM

    IF….. the steelers get rid of/or suspend Ben i will gain alot more respect for them. I think it is refrshing to see a team worry more about there image than winning. I am a Ravens fan, but have alot of respect for Mr. Rooney and his family. Although i love my ravens i am not sure they would trade there star wid out ( if we ever have one ) and suspend our 2 time super bowl winning star QB who had a career year just a year prior. This tells me alot about the steelers.
    Although i hate them on Sundays i can honestly say i am pulling for the Rooney’s the rest of the week!

  54. Danwhitmer says: Apr 12, 2010 9:02 AM

    NO ONE will give up a 1st 2nd or 3rd for him, He is only under contract for 1 year. Draft picks are under contract ATLEAST 5 years. Holmes has stated many times he wants to be paid, i can almost promise you he will test free agency when the season is finished. No doubt he will most likley have a monster year this year, being traded and for a 5th rounder is a slap in the face for someone like him. He will play with a chip on his shoulder this year. That being said he will most likely be one of the bigger names in free agency so he will get alot of looks and a big contract. The Jets have traded for some good players in the off season, they have alot of people who they will need to sign in the upcoming years. Not sure they will spend the money on him right now….. I have looked at 7 web sites and none are talking of contract extensions.

  55. Florios'Lawyer says: Apr 12, 2010 9:19 AM

    # oyoy84 says: April 12, 2010 12:10 AM
    “Steelers = 5-11 next year”
    I don’t see this at all.
    I remember after Spygate, the Patriots came out of the gate and played pissed, like they had something to prove. They went 16-0…
    The Steelers are pissed this year.

  56. Florios'Lawyer says: Apr 12, 2010 9:23 AM

    # oyoy84 says: April 12, 2010 12:10 AM
    “Steelers = 5-11 next year”
    I don’t see this at all.
    I remember after Spygate, the Patriots came out of the gate and played pissed, like they had something to prove. They went 16-0…
    The Steelers are pissed this year.

  57. tomcous says: Apr 12, 2010 10:00 AM

    Seek counseling … your attempts at humor seem to be equivalent to … Public Self Gratification.
    Hopefully you don’t mind the urinal next to George Michael …

  58. LaughingClown says: Apr 12, 2010 10:01 AM

    The Steelers are pissed this year? Really? The Steelers told you this? Maybe they will “unleash hell again”…..hide your women.

  59. SHACKFU says: Apr 12, 2010 10:13 AM

    @ Peter King
    Quite possibilly the stupidest stretch ever.
    This is no “shot across the bow” to Big Ben.
    This is a cop out plain in simple. It’s a way for the Rooney’s to say, “Hey, look at us. We are making ‘big’ moves to keep our high level of integrity in tact.”
    Santonio Holmes is more expendable than Ben. They are NOT going to make a move with Ben, anyway, so mute point.

  60. pauliesmooth says: Apr 12, 2010 10:17 AM

    King: Santonio trade is a “shot across the bow to Big Ben
    That’s what i was thinking when I heard about this trade!!!
    P.S. how come Ryan Clark is the team spokesperson now.

  61. bigstorm says: Apr 12, 2010 10:21 AM

    Trading Holmes was the right thing to do but a fifth? C’mon. Washington or Miami wouldn’t given a third? This was his last year anyway and he is going to get a four game suspension…..no doubt about it.
    Wallace is ready to move up (at a paltry salary) and Randle El is the third WR. That works for me. Sweed is a head case.
    Tomlin should go? Remember the Super Bowl two years ago ?
    5-11 this year? Not a chance. The Steelers win the division. Baltimore showed who they are in the playoffs and if it wasn’t for losing in OT with a third string qb they wouldn’t even had made it.

  62. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 12:10 PM

    I see you haven’t found time for that quiet reflection yet, have you, Mike? Or perhaps the PFT king has no conscience to catch?

  63. LATRELL843 says: Apr 12, 2010 10:38 PM

    dont know how the steelers are gonna get it done with the lame ducks they have at WR now…………

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