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Santonio could have a big impact in Chicago

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Five years ago, Santonio Holmes had it all.  In February 2009, he made one of the most memorable game-winning catches in NFL history, winning the Super Bowl and driving off in something other than a Hyundai, as the game’s MVP.  The following season, he generated a career-high 1,248 receiving yards.

And then the wheels came off.

With a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy coming on the heels of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s misadventures in Milledgeville, Georgia, Holmes became the scapegoat for a Steelers team gone smei-rogue, with a bargain-basement trade to the Jets.

But it never really clicked for him in New York, even though he did enough in 2010 to finagle a huge contract.  A disappointing 2011 season ended with Holmes behaving badly, but the Jets nevertheless keeping him around.  In hindsight, they surely wish they hadn’t.

Holmes suffered a serious foot injury in September 2012, and he appeared in only 11 games last year, catching 23 passes for 456 yards.

Cut in the offseason, Holmes has been available into August primarily due to concerns about his foot.  The Bears, in need of a third receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery after the season-ending clavicle injury to Marquess Wilson, have opted to take a flier on Holmes.  The team has announced that Holmes has signed a one-year deal.  To create a roster spot for Holmes, the Bears cut receiver Eric Weems.

Weems spent two years with the Bears after five in Atlanta.  He had been listed as the top kickoff and punt returner on the Bears’ officially unofficial depth chart.

If Holmes is healthy, he could flourish in Marc Trestman’s offense.  Holmes hasn’t worked with a franchise quarterback since Roethlisberger, and Holmes will never see double coverage, not with Marshall and Jeffery on the field.

It’s fair to wonder about his attitude.  But if he hasn’t been humbled by the events of the last two year, he never will be.

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38 Responses to “Santonio could have a big impact in Chicago”
  1. ajbeerzynski says: Aug 16, 2014 8:07 PM

    Nobody has said Marquess Wilson’s season is over, he possibly could be back midseason around the Bears bye week

  2. willnit says: Aug 16, 2014 8:08 PM

    Hahaha. And the Lions “could” win the Super Bowl.

  3. jmblosser82 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:09 PM

    Best of luck to him. He spent a few years in purgatory but his slide was no ones fault but his own(attitude and actions not injuries).

  4. jtm12180 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:15 PM

    Wow, a completely unnecessary reference to Roethlisberger…

  5. bassplucker says: Aug 16, 2014 8:18 PM

    So thankful that Weems is finally gone. The Bears special teams are wretched and he was a big part of that.

  6. Marv says: Aug 16, 2014 8:18 PM

    This article makes it look like a total coincidence, that someone behaved badly while on the Jets.

  7. watermelon1 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:19 PM

    Still waiting for him to get his 2nd foot down on that Super Bowl “catch.” One foot on top of other foot does not equal “2 feet down.”

  8. Indybear says: Aug 16, 2014 8:19 PM

    Hope Santonio can fill the spot and not flip out in the locker room. Weems has looked terrible on special teams and is too small. Loved the cut. Bear Down!

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 16, 2014 8:30 PM

    Well there’s only one way to find out if he can bring something to the team, put him on the field and see what he has and if it works out then good thing some other team didn’t think of it first! Otherwise he would just have to show up on the list of 47 cuts and then you say oh well at least we tried.

  10. majahpayne8950 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:35 PM

    I still believe Josh Morgan is going to come away with the 3rd receiver spot until Wilson is healed. Weems was a running gag joke since the minute we signed him. Maybe he’ll latch on elsewhere later in the season when injuries pile up, but I doubt it. Holmes won’t make the roster as he’s as arrogant as he is washed up. Chris Williams is next man up in return game when his hamstring is healed. Not a fan of this signing one bit

  11. jmblosser82 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:39 PM

    Watermelon1, a foot in front of another foot does not mean foot on top of foot. You can clearly see it on YouTube.

  12. xsorethumbx says: Aug 16, 2014 8:44 PM

    I loved it when Rex named him a team Captain for the Jets. Speaks volumes to Rex’s leadership skills

  13. nickinneohio says: Aug 16, 2014 9:09 PM

    1 fumble and Weems is out the door.

  14. beerbratscheese says: Aug 16, 2014 9:32 PM

    Wow, a free agent signing could have a big impact on the team that signed him! Stop the presses!!

  15. upyoursanus says: Aug 16, 2014 9:49 PM

    Could be interesting!!!!! But I doubt it

  16. hierosouls says: Aug 16, 2014 9:51 PM

    Bear down!!!!

  17. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Aug 16, 2014 10:38 PM

    …or he might not

  18. bigbearsclaw says: Aug 16, 2014 11:00 PM

    It’s time for him to put the uniform on, and prove what he can do. That’s about all that’s left. Hope it’s not a waste

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 16, 2014 11:06 PM

    Or 37 cuts, d’oh!

  20. jojopuppyfish says: Aug 16, 2014 11:50 PM

    Weems was a good gunner for the bears, but he wasn’t a good WR and he never looked good as a returner the few times he did it for the Bears over the years. I’m surprised they cut him though.

  21. thetigerleg says: Aug 17, 2014 12:07 AM

    Hmmm. Smei-rogue. Is that French for “I promise I won’t …” Oh, never mind.

  22. terremotinho says: Aug 17, 2014 12:21 AM

    Chicago = wide receiver hell.

    Soldier Field = Lambeau South.

  23. cribbage12 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:34 AM

    Yeah. Riiiiggghhttt….

  24. jjrs89 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:01 AM

    please quit trying the kanye reference. You already forced it once and a second time just looks sad.

  25. shawnohernandez says: Aug 17, 2014 1:41 AM

    Don’t mind the deal but sounds like another Vick story!!!

  26. marchooks says: Aug 17, 2014 1:54 AM

    I think he has more talent than any other choice at the 3rd WR role. If he could be 50% of what he was just a few years ago, it’s a good signing. Either way it’s a low risk, high potential reward signing. No possible way to dislike this.

  27. dd393 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:27 AM

    If nothing else, he’ll be a real positive to the local economy, especially on Rush St.

  28. remyje says: Aug 17, 2014 11:23 AM

    kanye west!?!

  29. mortwannabe says: Aug 17, 2014 12:47 PM

    Best part of the deal is Weems departure.

  30. fazsha says: Aug 17, 2014 1:01 PM

    I realize that Holmes is two years out from a Lisfranc injury, but he’s the same age as Marshall, who’s had multiple hip surgeries. I don’t think we need to be wondering if Holmes has anything left in the tank – we should be realizing we have just picked up a guy in the bargain basement bin who has scored the game-winning TD in a game 7 times, who has been a Super Bowl MVP and first round draft pick, who is in the prime of his career. This is an outstanding pickup, and the real question is will he push Alshon Jeffrey off the field from time to time?

  31. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 17, 2014 1:21 PM

    There is no question weather Holmes will push Alshon to the sideline. Holmes was signed to replace Weems (Best news of the season for Bears fans) not to compete with Alshon Jeffery.

    Eric Weems made my stomach turn every time I saw him on the field.

    Emery and Trestman really like to load Jay up with fire power. The Bears WR core is ridiculous.

  32. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:34 PM

    rl7911 says:
    Aug 16, 2014 5:13 PM
    calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:24 PM

    Santonio Holmes (as a #3) > Golden Tate (as a #2)

    Fact.
    ————
    Santonio Holmes 5 years ago, yes, Holmes current state, no.

    There is a reason no one picked up Holmes, he’s a locker room cancer and injury prone. Now the Bears have two cancers, Bennnet and Holmes, and Marshall will be a third when the Bears are losing. Good luck with that dumpster fire brewing in Chi-Town.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This guy knows absolutely NOTHING about the NFL. Fair weather fan rubbish…

  33. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 17, 2014 4:31 PM

    terremotinho = KnuckleHead

    The Jets were dumb enough to think Holmes was a #1, he’s barely a #3, which is where he’ll play in Chicago….

  34. thevza says: Aug 17, 2014 5:46 PM

    Any one else starting to get concerned about the Bears special teams? Ever since Toub left it’s been a steady decline. Just two years ago Defense and Special Teams were what the franchise hung it’s hat on, and now it’s a complete 180.
    Hope DeCamilis has some aces up his sleeve….

  35. southsidetommy says: Aug 18, 2014 12:31 PM

    This was a great move by the Bears. It has zero risk for them and plenty to gain if it works out.
    Yes, Wilson has not been ruled out for the season, and I don’t expect him to be either. But let’s not pretend that whoever the Bears 3rd WR ends up being is simply keeping the spot warm for Wilson. Wilson is talented, and Cutler likes him, but he had two catches for 13 yards last season. If and when he comes back this season he’s not forcing anyone out of any significant snaps. He’ll need to earn it all over again, and if someone has stepped up (like Holmes is very capable of doing) I can promise you Wilson will find it even harder to get on the field.

  36. rl7911 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:48 PM

    Cutler, Marshall, Bennett, and now Holmes will be a sure lock for All Dysfunctional Team this year.

    It’s going to be great when Cutler gets into it with Holmes or the other way around.

  37. stillers213 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:04 PM

    Santonio’s biggest strength is his route running ability. If he is healthy he will be an asset. He was brought down by injuries and the fact that the Jets never fully utilized his skills and got him the ball in rhythym. Nobody ruins a good offensive player like the Jets.

  38. larryboodry says: Aug 18, 2014 6:07 PM

    He makes perfect sense as a #3 for the Bears…Talent-wise (and if healthy and humble) he could be a #1 on many teams.

    Unfortunately, those are two big ifs.

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