The Bears' signing of veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Saturday morning raised some red-flags among NFL circles.
Holmes has been a highly productive player throughout his eight-year NFL career, but the accolades have come with some off-the-field baggage.
In 2008, then a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Holmes was suspended two games by head coach Mike Tomlin after being arrested for possession of marijuana. Later that season, Holmes would redeem himself by hauling in a game-winning touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLIII to lead the Steelers to a victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
After a career-year of 79 receptions, 1,248 receiving yard and five touchdowns in 2009, Holmes was surprisingly traded during the offseason to the New York Jets where he would run into more legal problems.
In March 2010, Anshonae Mills filed a lawsuit against Holmes in which he allegedly threw a glass at her in an Orlando nightclub. Following that incident, Holmes was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season after violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
After a rocky start to his NFL career, Holmes has put those legal issues behind him and was even named a team captain by the Jets for the 2011 season.
More recently, the main concern regarding Holmes has been his ability to stay on the field. He's played in just 15 games the last two years, while being bothered by a Lisfranc foot injury he suffered in Week 4 during the 2012 season.
While with the Jets, Holmes was asked to be their No. 1 wide receiver, which he's clearly not at this point in his career. If healthy and able to supplant Josh Morgan in Chicago, he'll be thrust into a No. 3 role alongside arguably the league's best pair of starting wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. An area the veteran should flourish with his speed and play-making abilities.
"I think I have no idea why so many saw Santonio Holmes as toxic. He’s been mildly disruptive in his NFL career, but not a cancer. I think the Bears made a good signing there."