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Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:28 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 8:33 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

This summer, Plaxico Burress will once again be a free man. And, a free agent. After serving a two-year prison sentP. Burress (US Presswire)ence on weapons charges, the former Giants wide receiver will be released and looking to renew his once-glistening NFL career.

On Showtime’s Inside the NFL Wednesday night, Burress’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus laid the groundwork for the publicity campaign that he’ll orchestrate for his polarizing client. “I am not a big advocate of making predictions on teams because so much can change,” Rosenhaus said. “But I am not afraid to make the following prediction; Plaxico Burress will be playing in 2011. And he will play very well. And it will be a very happy ending to a very tough, tough story for him.”

Undoubtedly, between now and summer, all 32 teams will at some point have to publicly declare whether they have any interest in Burress. (The Ravens, who signed Donte’ Stallworth after his incarceration and NFL-mandated suspension, got the ball rolling by addressing Burress a few weeks ago. Head coach John Harbaugh essentially said he’d have to wait and learn more about Burress.)
Most if not all teams will play the “wait and see” card. As was the case with Michael Vick, teams’ hope for Burress is that he has changed as a person but not as a football player.

No need to speculate on how prison has impacted Burress personally (we’ll assume he has a new perspective, sense of humility and all that other jazz). What about physically?

The man will be 34 next August. When Vick came back, he was 29. But it’s possible that the rust from Burress’ layoff – and there will be rust; even Jamal Lewis struggled after spending four months during the’05 offseason behind bars – will wear off quicker than Vick’s. Or, better stated, Burress can compensate for his rust easier than Vick did.

Burress was never touted for his speed and quickness. His greatest asset was his size (which prison won’t impact) and strength/physicality (which he’ll have to regain). The wide receiver position is much easier to relearn than the quarterback position – especially when you’re a jumpball-based possession receiver.

That said, if a team was interested in signing a controversial veteran receiver, why wouldn’t they reach out to a Terrell Owens or a Randy Moss? At least those guys have been in the league the past two years. Then again, Burress won’t be near the headache that he once was and that Owens and Moss still are. After all, he’ll have no leverage and everything to prove.

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Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 4:45 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

After some time in the pen he may have turned into Bogs from Shawshank.  Green Bay wouldn't touch this guy.  Keep your team character and leave out the circus.  Maybe Bone Thugs and Harmony will make a comeback. 

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 4:45 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

I'm happy he's gonna get the chance. He screwed up, served his time, still has something left in the he should get the shot (hehehe). However, if anyone thinks that because he sat out a few years Burress will be 'Rested", you've got another thing coming. Age affects everyone, and Burress is no exception. He needs to watch the injuries. You get used to getting hit all the time and he hasn't for a while. Does anyone remember Ricky Williams or even Vick after he was installed as the starter?

Burress will have to prove it to whoever signs him just like Vick did. There will be a few teams interested but not as a No 1 or 2 receiver. Don't expect a bidding war for his services. He's too much of a risk at this point.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 4:33 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

I think the G-men should sign him to a 1 year deal. He owes them after what happened, and none of the other receivers can run the fade like Plax did. Playing with Nix and Smith, Eli would light up most secondaries.  

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 2:11 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Yes Colts need another WR threat, if hes smart enough to learn the playbook and work with the top Manning

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 11:23 am

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Andy Benoit wrote in the article.....

"His greatest asset was his size (which prison won’t impact) and strength/physicality (which he’ll have to regain)"

I would almost bet he kept himself in shape by working out and jogging. Even if he was jogging in place. My guess is just as good as what's written in the article.

Any team that does sign him, would probably be on the cheap for a 1 year contract. The Chiefs could use another wr opposite of Bowe. Only for a 1 year cheap contract.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 11:22 am

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

He would look great in a Dolphin uniform. There's an organization without a direction....

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:49 am

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

When does Rae Carruth get out of prison?  Maybe he could also play for the Bungals.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:32 am

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

I'm sure the Bears would like to have him or the Rams.

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:26 am

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

I hear the Bengals are interested, bring him in along with Braylon Edwards. so not only will they fight for the number 17 but fit right in with all the other miscreants on the team. Replacing them for T.O and Chad might actually be an improvement too.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:24 am

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

I really don't see that happening.  Remember, the Steelers were more than happy to part ways with Burress back in the day... and that was years BEFORE his legal problems with guns and nightclubs.  And they've offloaded several other players (see: Santonio Holmes) for lesser transgressions, and even seriously considered trading Roethlisberger after his off-field issues (the fact that it even crossed their mind, given his position and success, is significant).

I'm not trying to make a guess at whether Burress will be able to play well, or whether he's a changed man or anything.  I'm just saying it would seem completely outside of their methods of operation, and their past historical precedent, for the Steelers to go out and pick up Burress.  I don't doubt he'll find a team... but I highly doubt it'll be Pittsburgh.  Especially since they aren't really in the need for a WR now that some of their young guys are developing so well.

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