Yesterday, we reported that Holmes is facing a four-game suspension under the substance abuse policy. Tonight, we’re told that the Steelers have traded Holmes to the New York Jets.
It’s the second time in less than a year that the Jets have swung a deal for a former first-round receiver. Last October, they acquired Braylon Edwards from the Browns.
Like Holmes, Edwards also is facing a possible suspension, after pleading no contest to an assault that occurred only days before he was traded. Also, both players are signed through 2010.
Suddenly, HBO’s Hard Knocks got a lot more interesting.
UPDATE: Peter King of SI.com and NBC confirms that it’s a done deal. Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reports that the Jets gave up a fifth-round draft pick for Holmes, who was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII. A fifth-round draft pick for a former Super Bowl MVP.