While the Ravens have used this offseason to make dramatic improvements to their wide receiving corps and set themselves up for another strong season, their chief rivals appear to be taking a couple huge steps backwards.
The Steelers decided to cut ties with their top wide receiver last night, trading Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth-round pick in this month’s draft.
Holmes, who made the famous toe-tapping, game-winning touchdown grab in the Super Bowl two years ago, fell out of favor with the Steelers’ front office. The final straw came recently, as Holmes reportedly will face a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Holmes also made headlines a few weeks ago for reportedly throwing a glass at a woman’s head in a nightclub.
As a result of the off-field incidents, Holmes, who had 1,248 receiving yards last season, is now leaving the AFC North.
As if the Holmes situation wasn’t enough, there are rumors swirling around that Ben Roethlisberger will be facing a suspension of his own.
The Steelers’ quarterback was charged with sexual assault earlier this offseason, and while reports are he will not face criminal charges (we should find out for sure sometime today), it seems likely that he will face disciplinary measures either from the league or his own team.
So, to recap, while the Ravens used this offseason to add Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth and re-sign Derrick Mason, the Steelers gave up their top receiving threat for a fifth-round pick, and could lose their franchise quarterback to a multi-game suspension.
Ravens fans, you must be loving life right now.