Free agent wide receiver Santonio Holmes made it known several weeks ago that he wouldn’t mind playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers again in 2015 and in a Monday interview on SI Now, he reiterated that desire
“With all due respect, I enjoyed the organization, I enjoyed the players, the camaraderie, the teammates, the fans in Pittsburgh for giving me an opportunity to play for them first and foremost,” started Holmes in the Monday internet interview. “And to get an opportunity to play for them again, would be a complete career for me, despite being traded. And now, with an opportunity to come back, I would love nothing else but to finish my career with the Steelers, but the opportunity has to come from the man upstairs and the Rooney’s.”
Holmes, who spent some time with the Chicago Bears in 2014, is now 31. The Steelers former first-round draft pick and Super Bowl MVP played in nine games in 2014 with the Bears and caught eight passes for 67 yards in addition to returning nine punts for 50 yards.
The Steelers traded Holmes to the New York Jets in April of 2010 for a fifth-round draft pick and that selection was eventually traded away during the 2010 NFL Draft to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Bryant McFadden and a sixth-round draft pick. The Steelers selected wide receiver Antonio Brown with that pick.
The Steelers are currently set at wide receiver with Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant, so it really will be surprising if they sign Holmes even though they released Lance Moore several weeks ago and have yet to re-sign Darrius Heyward-Bey.