It’s good to have personal standards and to want to play well for your team, but in a complex game like football, sometimes you’re the distraction so your team can expose other weaknesses. You know, the kinds of weaknesses that result in nine catches and 114 yards and a touchdown for Brian Hartline against a combination of Buster Skrine and Chris Owens.
Even if the Steelers had gobs of cap space it’s hard to imagine they would have been chasing after this kind of guy. Such is often the case when the Steelers use up a young player’s early success before allowing him to take his diva receiver attitude elsewhere. Just ask Santonio Holmes.