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Steelers trade troubled Holmes who will get a 4-game suspension

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

Santonio Holmes (nfl)

The New York Jets have been the busiest team during the NFL’s offseason making several bold moves to get them closer to that goal of a Super Bowl.

Their latest move is that of acquiring talented but troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night for a fifth-round pick in this month’s draft.

Earlier on Monday, the NFL has suspended Holmes for 4 games in the upcoming 2010 season due his conduct this offseason. The 26-year-old Holmes is facing a lawsuit in Florida from a woman who claims he threw a glass at her, cutting her above the eye, in an Orlando nightclub. The police have been investigating the woman’s claims. Holmes denies hurting the woman, and a witness has since taken responsibility for tossing the glass, according to Holmes’ attorney.

Not a stranger to trouble,  In 2008, Santonio was arrested for possession of marijuana, and he was involved in a domestic violence in 2006; the misdemeanor charges were dismissed. However, sources have said that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned him that repeated off-the-field issues would result in a suspension.

Holmes,  the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, gives second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez another big-time target to throw to in an offense that already has receivers Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, talented tight end Dustin Keller and recently signed free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

The 5’11  Ohio State product was a first-round pick in 2006,  has 235 career catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns and adds a speedy complement to the jets’ passing game. He’s coming off the best season of his career statistically, after having 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns. Holmes’ presence should allow Cotchery to assume more of a slot role, where he is extremely effective, and take double coverage off of Braylon Edwards.

After surprisingly making it to the AFC championship game last season, the Jets and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have been aggressive despite the league’s “Final Eight” restrictions that have limited who they could sign. The Jets have traded for Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie, and signed Tomlinson, safety Brodney Pool and kicker Nick Folk.

Bengals and OL Bobbie Williams agree on deal; contract will be signed Friday

compiled from staff and wire reports

Bengals right guard Bobbie Williams and the team have agreed on a new two-year deal, his agent Tony Agnone said earlier in the week. The contract will be signed on Friday.

Williams, who will be starting his 11th season, came to Cincinnati in 2004 and has played 95 of a possible 98 games. The only three he has missed were due to an emergency appendectomy in 2006. He was the only member of the offensive line in 2009 who started in the same position as 2008.

Williams had a base salary of $2.4 million last year and will make a little closer to $3 million per year with his new deal.

Guard Bobbie Williams (nfl)

At right guard, Williams shored up that side of the line and was one of only seven Bengals to start every game. He was part of a line that produced a team record eight 100-yard games rushing in 2009 and allowed only 29 sacks which was ninth least in the NFL.

Surprisingly, Eagles trade McNabb to division rival Washington

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

As expected, Donovan McNabb was traded but who he was traded to was a surprise as well as shocking.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a pair of drafts picks Sunday night. The Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in the 2010 NFL draft and either a third-or-fourth round pick next year.

Donovan McNabb (Redskins)

The trade is a daring move for new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and might be signaling the end in Washington for incumbent QB Jason Campbell, the starter for the past 3 1/2 years. Shanahan recently signed free-agent Rex Grossman to be the backup and has also been scouting the college quarterbacks who will be in the draft. The Redskins have the number 4 overall pick in the draft.

Shanahan is hoping that the 33-year-old McNabb works out as well as the last trade between the two teams involving a big-name quarterback.  In 1964, the Eagles sent Sonny Jurgensen to the Redskins, where he played 11 years until he was 40 and became a Hall of Famer.  When asked about the trade, Jurgensen said “These people never learn.”

Trading McNabb to a division opponent could haunt Philadelphia for years, and the Eagles fans, who can be brutal, are definitely questioning the trade of the popular McNabb.

McNabb is in the last year of his contract and it has not been known if the two sides will talk extension or not.

McNabb threw for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 14 games last season, leading the Eagles to the playoffs. His passer rating of 92.9 was the third-highest of his career.

Donovan, a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl in 11 seasons in Philadelphia. His failure to lead the team to its first NFL championship since 1960 made him expendable.

The Syracuse alumnus, the number 2 overall pick in the 1999 draft, leaves the franchise as its leader in yards passing (32,873), completions (2,801), attempts (4,746), completion percentage (59.0) and touchdown passes (216). He also rushed for 3,249 yards and 28 TD’s.

With McNabb gone, Kevin Kolb will be the starter and Michael Vick will be the backup.

Willie Parker leaves Steelers to play for the Washington Redskins

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Washington Redskins continued to improve their team this offseason under new head coach Mike Shanahan.

They’ve added another veteran running back to the team, signing Willie Parker to a one-year deal. Parker left the Steelers on Friday to sign a contract that could be worth as much as $3.1 million with incentives.

Willie Parker (steelers photo)

The Redskins still have 28-year-old incumbent running back Clinton Portis returning and they recently inked 30-year-old Larry Johnson to a three-year incentive-laced contract.

The 29-year-old Parker played six years with the Steelers, winning two Super Bowl rings. He has three 1,200-yard seasons, but ran for only 389 yards as a backup.

Kicker Jason Elam get his wish, retires as a Denver Bronco

compiled from staff, wire and Denver Broncos

Jason Elam had a chance to do something that most NFL players don’t have the opportunity to do, return to the team that originally drafted him and retire.

Elam signed a on-day contract earlier this week with the Denver Broncos before announcing his retirement, thus ending a 17-year NFL career.  The Pro Bowl kicker spent his first 15 years with the Broncos and 2008 and 2009 with the Atlanta Falcons who released him almost four months ago.

The Broncos drafted him in the third round in 1993. He never expected to be drafted by Denver because nobody from the organization brought him in for a workout.

Kicker Jason Elam (creative commons/wfe photo)

The 40-year-old Elam, was a member of the Broncos two Super Bowl championship teams.

The three-time Pro Bowler finished his career ranked fifth in NFL history with 1,983 points and 436 field goals. He is the all-time leader with 16 seasons of 100 or more points.

Jason shares the NFL record with Tom Dempsey of New Orleans for the longest field goal of 63 years.

Elam says there are three most memorable kicks of his career:

* number 1 was a 51-yard field goal in the Broncos win over Green Bay, “we were the underdogs and it meant so much to the organization, the teams and the city,” he said.

* number 2 was most dramatic.  A 42-yard field goal as time ran out in a 15-14 win at Buffalo, “we didn’t have any timeouts left and I had missed a couple earlier,” he said.

* number 3 was the 63-yarder.

Elam said the rough times in Atlanta in 2010 told him it was time to retire.

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