San Diego Chargers Should Try to Trade for Santonio Holmes

By Kenny Gardner
Santonio Holmes San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers lost their best wide receiver for the upcoming season when Danario Alexander tore his ACL last week. Malcom Floyd is San Diego’s best receiver on the active roster and he was carted off the field yesterday with a knee strain. It is not believed to be serious, but Floyd has a history of injury problems.

San Diego’s front office should try to trade for New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes. Holmes missed 12 of New York’s 16 games last year after suffering a foot injury that required two surgeries, but he does not have a history of injuries.  Holmes is wasting the prime of his career with New York, and playing with Philip Rivers as his quarterback would benefit him and San Diego.  According to a New York Daily News article, Holmes is not committed to returning to the Jets.

Holmes is a former Super Bowl MVP and had his best season in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He finished the 2009 NFL season with 79 receptions, 1,248 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions.  Holmes ranked seventh in receiving yards per game and 16th in receptions that season.

The New York WR ranked 23rd and 75th in receiving yards per game in his first two seasons there, but ranked 11th in TD receptions in 2011.  Holmes’ 68 yards per game would have ranked 20th in the league if he had enough games played to qualify for this category last year.

In Holmes’ defense, Mark Sanchez has been his QB since he went to New York. Sanchez has 56 touchdowns and 49 interceptions since 2009 to go along with a league high 52 turnovers over the last two seasons.  Rivers is turnover prone as well, but he has 83 touchdowns over the last three seasons.

Sanchez’s QB rating over the last three seasons ranked 27th, 23rd and 31st in the league which also explains why Holmes has not been as productive as he could be. Rivers’ QB rating ranked second, 11th and 11th over the last three seasons.

Holmes has three years and about $29.1 million left on his contract, so a trade for him would not be a short-term move. New York traded their best player Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first round pick and a conditional fourth round pick which could be a third round pick. San Diego would more than likely give up a couple of third round picks to acquire Holmes.

Holmes has not practiced this year because he is still recovering from surgeries, but he is listed as week to week. San Diego’s current receivers are injury prone or unproven which is why the front office should try to trade for the 29 year-old Holmes before the season starts.

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