Steelers made calls, were ready to release Holmes

So much to talk about on this offseason Monday, starting with Santonio Holmes.

The latest out of Pittsburgh is that the Steelers were ready to release Holmes had they not been able to trade him, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. And, as Pat Kirwan noted in his live chat today, the Steelers had shopped Holmes around the league with little interest.

Presumably, the best offer the Steelers received was a fifth-round pick in 2010 from the Jets.

The combination of Holmes’ off-field problems and four-game suspension this season appear to be more than enough to scare off most teams around the league. That sentiment about Holmes isn’t new. Chatting with Kirwan, he noted that many teams didn’t include Holmes on their draft boards due to similar issues when he entered the league in 2006.

Jason La Canfora posted late Sunday that several league executives were surprised the Steelers didn’t get at least a third-round pick. But those are the same executives who didn’t offer a third-round pick. Or a fourth. And still, the Steelers pulled the trigger.

On the surface, this is another in a line of low-risk, high-reward moves by the Jets. We’ll get into that more later.

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