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By PFW staff

Updated April 12, 2010 @ 4:01 p.m. ET

The Jets have acquired WR Santonio Holmes from the Steelers for a fifth-round pick in next week's draft, Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed Monday. Also on Monday, the NFL announced that Holmes was being suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Holmes was entering the final year of his rookie contract after being selected 25th overall by Pittsburgh in the 2006 draft. Because of a series of off-field problems, the Steelers weren't planning to extend Holmes' contract this offseason or re-sign him after the season, according to sources in Pittsburgh, and the upcoming suspension was apparently the last straw.

The fifth-year receiver recently was accused of throwing a glass at a woman in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub, although Holmes has refuted the allegations in the civil lawsuit and has not yet been charged criminally. In 2008 he was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Pennsylvania and deactivated for one game as a result. In 2006 he was charged with domestic violence, but that charge was later dropped.

Holmes will join a Jets WR corps that includes WRs Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith and David Clowney and TE Dustin Keller.


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