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Jets should be worried that they've traded for the next Ricky Williams

As the New York Jets welcome Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes to town, they should be very concerned about how much of him they’ll actually see.

Given our report from Saturday that Holmes is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the substance abuse policy, the move means on the surface that the Jets will have to prepare to perform without Holmes for the first 25 percent of the 2010 season.

It also means that, if the suspension sticks, Holmes will be one false move away from a one-year suspension.

Assuming, based on his history with marijuana (and his recently stated intention to “wake n bake“), that Holmes’ violations flow from an inability to quit smoking pot, he could become the NFL’s next Ricky Williams — a guy who loves weed more than he loves playing football.

If that’s the case, it’s unclear whether the Jets will see much of Holmes on the field at all, in 2010 or beyond.

UPDATE:  To be clear, we’re not talking about the Ricky Williams of today, who has chosen football over weed.  We’re talking about the Ricky Williams of several years ago, who chose weed over football on multiple occasions.

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50 Responses to “Jets should be worried that they've traded for the next Ricky Williams”
  1. jmoynihan says: Apr 12, 2010 12:33 AM

    Dear Santonio,
    Please don`t forget your gym pants. You will need them in NYC.

  2. Martin Keamy says: Apr 12, 2010 12:33 AM

    Excuse me?
    Have you seen Ricky’s act lately? Classy. Totally Classy. I’m not even a Dolphins fan but you’re a jerk off. I watched him gouge my Panthers last year and I still stand by the fact that he is one of the greatest come from the dumps stories of all time.
    You’re better than that, Florio. I’m disappointed in you as a person.

  3. RaidersBlowChunks says: Apr 12, 2010 12:35 AM

    Yeah, except Santonio isn’t one of my keepers in fantasy football.

  4. TheSleepness says: Apr 12, 2010 12:36 AM

    Interesting point. However, the Jets lose essentially nothing. If the worst-case scenario comes to fruition it’s hard to argue the move. If he’s only on the Jets for one season the pick the Jets would recieve as a compensatory pick will be higher than a 5th. Man this team is becoming stacked

  5. windex666 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:36 AM

    As the homey Nate Dog says, “Smoke Weed Everyday!”

  6. Ska4Life says: Apr 12, 2010 12:39 AM

    What!!?! They should be concerned after nabbing Santonio Holmes for a 5th round pick? At that price, who cares if he smokes a little pot? Completely worth the gamble IMO.

  7. euryman says: Apr 12, 2010 12:40 AM

    they only gave up a fifth round pick for him (which i’m still hoping is a really late april fools joke)
    …seems like it’s a low risk/high reward

  8. RyanHarris says: Apr 12, 2010 12:40 AM

    Doesnt matter, they gave up a 5th.
    Im no Steeler fan, but you have to admit Holmes is good.

  9. tatum32 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:41 AM

    Lets ,see Ricky Williams worked pretty good for Miami, genius. Several players have come back from suspensions…..the real thing is they probably got themselves a SB title, if Sanchez can continue to develop. They have 3 excellent downfield targets in Holmes, Edwards and TE Dustin Keller

  10. Cj34 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:43 AM

    If I were a Jets fan I wouldn’t care if he was suspended for 8 games. Santonio Holmes for a 5th round pick is a freaking steal. The Steelers front office hit the panic button too early. Even if they wanted to make a morality statement and get rid of him, I have to think if they had been patient they could have got more then just a 5th.

  11. Treasurecay25 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:44 AM

    Worth a 5th round pick to see. I dont see it being like Rickey he is a one of a kind character. What does a 5 round pick get you special teamer, Backup center or long snapper?

  12. LeeroyJenkins says: Apr 12, 2010 12:44 AM

    You were talking about Baaaaaaalls Deep.
    I’m talking about Baaaaaaalls Deep.
    We’re talking about Baaaaaalls Deep.

  13. EdBurns666 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:45 AM

    Come on now… You’re jumping to conclusions.

  14. JustinG says: Apr 12, 2010 12:47 AM

    Florio, they gave up a 5th round pick for a Superbowl MVP. Who cares what he does? They gave up little. If he gets his crap straight it’s a great move.

  15. ajd78 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:49 AM

    Florio would have never printed this story had Holmes not been traded. Totally revealing his Stooler bias. The next story will be how they don’t put up with this type of player in Pittsburgh. Sorry but that ship has sailed . And when is little Ben going to recieve his suspension? Or do white players not get suspended ? Mike Vick and Pacman never recieved that type of a pass. And Goodell and the Rooneys can’t keep hiding from the elephant in the room.

  16. robert ethan says: Apr 12, 2010 12:52 AM

    Holmes’ illegitimate family is growing so fast he asked to be moved to a larger city.

  17. Jamarcus says: Apr 12, 2010 12:53 AM

    I’d say it is a compliment to Santonio to be compared to Ricky Williams. Ricky has never been anything but straight forward about what his deal is. You might not agree with him, but at least he says it like it is. The guy has also put up some great seasons. Santonio has some great games under his belt, but he’s clearly a huge tool. I can’t understand him not playing with Ben Rapelisberger, I thought they were a great match in douchyness.

  18. cgc1969 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:53 AM

    the more i think after reading this article the steelers made a very SMART move to trade santonio. they did it swiftly and a found a sucker(jets) to take him. need to trade someone, call the jets always ready to deal.

  19. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 12, 2010 12:54 AM

    @Florio – that’s probably one big thing the Steelers were worried about. Better to get him out of town now, than have to deal with more drug problems during the season. This way he should be off their books, and give them room to sign Tim Tebow, whom they will draft in the first round.

  20. robert ethan says: Apr 12, 2010 12:57 AM

    I like Ricky Williams. Jets should be worried they traded for the first Santonio Holmes.

  21. Martin Keamy says: Apr 12, 2010 1:12 AM

    Thank you for clarifying, Flo. I just think that this article, you know, would be more applicable a few years ago.
    We’ve got to show credit where it’s due. I hope Ricky Williams Tweets something amazing about me…

  22. peterbeddolfan says: Apr 12, 2010 1:14 AM

    I have to say, as a lifetime dolfan who is trying to beleive in the trifecta, omg, these jet coaches arent playing any games, right on jets, i hate ya, but dang, your management is dead on with these pick ups as of late, and you can tell they want to win, here my team needs a receiver so badly, as always, Miami always, drops the ball, sounds to me like getting holmes (which ive wanted for miami for awhile now) is a sweet compliment to their offense while their defense isnt joking either, If jason signs, These guys won my respect while Parcells. Ireland, and the rest of these loons, man have they bumped their heads…This is a no brainer, and i bet someone else guts brandon marshall, Like NE and were doomed… Thot sporano, had better brains than parcells ego, but its starting to definately prove to me that they have either quit trying to win the east, or have given up atleast for the next yr or two, they even are dangling Ronnie, these weirdos arent very bright, their freekin smokin something stronger than ricky ever did, Oh and wouldnt these idiots rather the players burn a lil pot as compared to DUIs, our countries a walking condradiction and our team in miami, is really burning our fans this year…there selling hope, dishing out no change, and i bet they still beleive ginn and camarillo could be all stars, Miamis gonna be 6 and 10 this yr, and i will miss half of our heartbreakin games as usual due to the NFLs future budget plans and greed. Parcells, you done messed up this time…

  23. sultanofslot says: Apr 12, 2010 1:16 AM

    Hey Florio, I know you have to make at least five posts on every big move in order to generate traffic and all, but where was this post when Jared Allen got traded to Minnesota? Where was it when the Jets signed Calvin Pace last offseason? I know Stillers fans eat this stuff up and they give you a lot of page hits, but just so you know, the rest of us think you’re a hack. xoxoxo

  24. peterbeddolfan says: Apr 12, 2010 1:18 AM

    Oh yeah, and the steeler, well they definately messed up getting rid of santonio, hes an awesome receiver, plus not sure what the big deal was, someone else admitedf to throwin the drink, dont people listen anymore, everyones smoking pot nowadays, i darn sure wish i had some…

  25. Big Papi says: Apr 12, 2010 1:18 AM

    I think you write stupid things on purpose!!!!

  26. lifelongphinfan says: Apr 12, 2010 1:27 AM

    FLORIO- my opinion may be bias as i’m a life long fin fan,but your comments about ricky williams were way off base and showed a total lack of class on your part you owe us fin fans and ricky williams an apology for your way off the mark comments.

  27. sonokibono says: Apr 12, 2010 1:41 AM

    I don’t believe I have seen the “multiple occasions” part yet. Just because he said “wake n bake”, there was still no evidence that he used marijuana.

  28. AdropOFvenom says: Apr 12, 2010 1:47 AM

    ….I’m pretty sure the Jets are well aware of the risks….
    But they only gave up a 5th round pick here, half the 5th round picks in the NFL draft don’t even make their teams opening day roster. There’s really no risk on their part right now. Perhaps if they end up giving Santonio a fat contract there’s some risk, but not now.

  29. spyboots says: Apr 12, 2010 3:08 AM

    “I don’t believe I have seen the “multiple occasions” part yet. Just because he said “wake n bake”, there was still no evidence that he used marijuana.”
    He flunked the pee test (that’s why he’s getting the 4-game suspension).

  30. FreeAgentPro says: Apr 12, 2010 3:18 AM

    If PFT serves any purpose at all, it is to provide the news behind the news: how many other teams were contacted about Holmes availability, and was there any market for him beyond the Jets.

  31. Adam says: Apr 12, 2010 3:22 AM

    peterbeddolfan says:
    April 12, 2010 1:14 AM
    I have to say, as a lifetime dolfan who is trying to beleive in the trifecta, omg, these jet coaches arent playing any games, right on jets, i hate ya, but dang, your management is dead on with these pick ups as of late, and you can tell they want to win, here my team needs a receiver so badly
    Honestly, after I got excited about the trade, first thing I thought was “Why didn’t Miami do this trade? It would’ve even been a higher 5th pick.”

  32. FedorTheChamp says: Apr 12, 2010 7:23 AM

    At least the ungrateful THUG is wearing GREEN!
    Save the BLACK AND GOLD FOR REAL MEN A REAL TEAM THAT WIN REAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

  33. DirtDawg55 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:29 AM

    No risk for the Jets. A 5th rounder for a game breaker is nothing. He gives them a potent weapon for 12 regular season games and the ability to be the difference maker in the playoffs. Even if they never sign him to a long term contract this is a good deal for the Jets – and a panic move by the Steelers.

  34. Birdbrainsnj says: Apr 12, 2010 7:31 AM

    Holmes smokes some weed and the steelers throw him away. Ben rapes women. Yeah, they’ve got their morals straight.

  35. quannumkid says: Apr 12, 2010 7:32 AM

    Even the Ricky Williams that chose weed over football was more thoughtful and articulate than Santonio Holmes will ever be.

  36. Maddog says: Apr 12, 2010 8:05 AM

    I think it was a good move by both teams. As the Jets fans are saying, who gives a crap if the guy ends up getting suspended. They’re giving up a 5th round pick. A pick that more than likely wouldn’t have made the team anyway. Huge upside.
    And Pittsburgh was saying “get the f-ck out of here. And the rest of you guys (Big and Little Ben especially) better get your sh-t together or you’re next.
    Mike Wallace looks ready to be a 2 this season anyway.

  37. Krow says: Apr 12, 2010 8:14 AM

    Is there any scumbag the Jets won’t welcome to town?

  38. Katmanduu says: Apr 12, 2010 8:27 AM

    Word has it out of the Burgh (Insider Info) was that Holmes was not a good teammate and his surly attitude won’t be missed. Apparently, he thought very highly of himself and rubbed most, if not all of his former teammates the wrong way. Plus, he has a way of finding trouble.
    Santonio + New York = DIsaster.
    Maybe a 5′th round pick was a steal for the Steelers. After all, we’re talking about the premiere franchise in the NFL, versus one who just can’t seem to get out of their own way in the Jest.

  39. David LeFebvre says: Apr 12, 2010 8:35 AM

    So Braylon hates Cleveland because he thinks they never embraced him simply because he was from Michigan. He punched a 5’7″ friend of LeBron James outside of a night club on his way out of town. His new teammate is a former Buckeye who hits women, smokes pot and brags about it on the internet, entered NFL because he needed fast cash for all his child support bills, and will probably be suspended for 4 games to start the season, during which time he’ll probably just get into more trouble.
    Which number do you think will be higher at the end of the season: Braylon’s dropped passes, Santonio’s arrests, or Braylon & Santonio’s punches exchanged during OSU-Michigan week?

  40. Papoose059 says: Apr 12, 2010 8:44 AM

    As a dolphin fan, this was hard to take at first. But we have all seen what similar moves have done for the redskins. This is the best draft I can remember.
    But, we can redeem ourselves by moving up and grabbing Eric Berry. We have to make this move. If not I hope Dez Bryant is Andre johnsons clone. If not, it’s gonna be a long couple years

  41. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 12, 2010 9:04 AM

    God knows we cannot live in a society where people like to relax and wind down at the end of the day by smoking a joint. This is america, go get drunk off your ass and drive home!

  42. Rasta says: Apr 12, 2010 9:22 AM

    Hey mon, leave Ricky alone he was de start of de trend for NFL players to wear de dreadlocks, even though most are just .extensions.
    Smoke Blunt no molest college girl, no shoot gun in ass, no fight in bars, no beat lady friend, just be happy.> live slo mon

  43. Florios'Lawyer says: Apr 12, 2010 9:29 AM

    # DirtDawg55 says: April 12, 2010 7:29 AM
    ” this is a good deal for the Jets – and a panic move by the Steelers. ”
    See this folks? A panic move?
    It wouldn’t have anything to do with being the right thing to do, or management sending a message to the rest of the team huh? Of course not, this is the Steelers you’re talking about right?
    Calling it a “panic” move is far more belittling.
    This is a perfect example of some chump trashing the Steelers just for the sake of trashing the Steelers.
    This is the same kind of idiot that if the “accuser” in the Ben case came forward and announced on national TV that she was lying and the whole thing was an extortion attempt, these morons would say:
    “Duh, I wonber how much the rapist piad her to say that?”

  44. Hap says: Apr 12, 2010 9:31 AM

    The Jets have sent the message that they are sell outs. They dont care how they do it, they just want to do it. Looks like Ryan’s more of a chip off the old block than we knew.
    I have a lot more respect for The Steelers organization than I have ever had.

  45. Jetfan42 says: Apr 12, 2010 9:33 AM

    i get the feeling that if the Patriots made this deal, everyone would be saying what a great shrewd move this was. for only a 5th rd pick, i love the move, even if it’s only for 12 games.

  46. Jetfan42 says: Apr 12, 2010 9:34 AM

    @FedorTheChamp How to you feel about the THUG, Big Ben?

  47. Jack Meoff says: Apr 12, 2010 9:36 AM

    Great move by the Steelers – last year of contract and not paying that kind of money to an un-restricted free agent who will get big money elsewhere. I remember another troubled first round Steeler receiver going to New York who is now in jail. You idiots from New York will never learn!

  48. JJCheesehead says: Apr 12, 2010 10:02 AM

    It’s a 5th round pick. Who cares?!?!? The Jets were in the AFC championship game last year. If they can add a wideout for a 5th round pick and win a superbowl, I think this is more than worth it.
    Another thing, Santonio has absolutely no leverage to get the kind of free-agent money a guy with his production and no off-the-field problems does. With that said, I dont see anybody paying him big money.

  49. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 12, 2010 10:19 AM

    # Birdbrainsnj says: April 12, 2010 7:31 AM
    “Holmes smokes some weed and the steelers throw him away. Ben rapes women. Yeah, they’ve got their morals straight.”
    Sorry… wrong.
    You see, shit for brains, it’s like this…
    Holmes was actually arrested and charged.
    Ben OTOH was not arrested OR charged, ever, for anything.
    In fact, you’d just gotten into the “I hope it’s true” line of idiots. Your parents failed you.
    Thanks for playing.

  50. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 12:24 PM

    Another silly article, Mike. The Steelers dumped Holmes to make a statement. The Jets picked up a first-round wideout for a fifth-round pick. And no one’s complaining about Ricky Williams now.
    GoBrowns19 says:
    God knows we cannot live in a society where people like to relax and wind down at the end of the day by smoking a joint. This is america, go get drunk off your ass and drive home!
    —————————————–
    I agree with you. Though I don’t use alcohol or pot, I support the legalization of marijuana. And I think the NFL should stop testing for it and adopt a “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy. But right now it is illegal in most states and it is on the NFL’s banned substance list. And since he’s already gotten into trouble for it, Santonio was the world’s biggest idiot for bragging about using on a public forum.

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