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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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Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:21 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

I hope your sources are wrong this is the last thing the Steelers need. Plex was just a avg WR when he was with the Steelers the 1st time around and had bad practice habits and whinned all the time we have quality wr and do not need all the baggage that Plex brings. We closed the door on him along time ago and that door needs to stay shut

As a Steelers fan, bringing in someone with past legal issues doesn't make sense when they gave up a lesser legal issue player (Santonio Holmes) for peanuts.  The fact Ben got second and third reprieves speaks to the importance of the QB position more than anything else.

That said, I feel that Plaxico's youthful mistakes and lack of focus you mentioned as far as practice habits and whining, will be long gone with the jail time and knowing his career is in twilight, meaning that he can perform well again, but it will be a small few year window if that and he'll want to make his best effort to close out his career strong.  With that thought, I would welcome him on the Steelers as competition for one of the starting 3 WR positions.  I feel he might have more opportunity elsewhere.  A place like Cleveland and other struggling passing teams, he might be WR #1 right from the start.  I would think that would appeal to him more than WR#3 or #4 to be on a playoff likely team, but maybe I am wrong.

 




Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:16 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

 

Plaxico an Oakland Raiders? Now that just might be what the doctor order for the Raiders, plus you add Chad Johnson can you say Playoff.
Any team that signs Chad Johnson will see decline.  The man has much less ability now than he once did and carries more chemistry baggage than ever before.  He may be the most selfish player in the NFL and honestly shouldn't be in the NFL if owners and GMs didn't fall prey to their own desparation.  He is Terrell Owens, but without the production.  Whats to love?  Maybe he should be a Raider, fits everything they've botched the past two decades... or maybe a Redskin?  The owner there seems hapless and doomed to perpetual stupidity when it comes to free agents.

The Bengals will be BETTER without Johnson, no matter WHO replaces him.  Its addition by subtraction and unfortunately the team that signs him, its subtraction by addition.




Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:33 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

inside scoop is,,burress may be back in pittsburgh. dont see why this couldnt happen. ill beleive it when i see it! did come from a very good,reliable, close to the team source! been hearing about it for almost a year and a half!
I hope your sources are wrong this is the last thing the Steelers need. Plex was just a avg WR when he was with the Steelers the 1st time around and had bad practice habits and whinned all the time we have quality wr and do not need all the baggage that Plex brings. We closed the door on him along time ago and that door needs to stay shut



Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:25 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Yes......Giants...




Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:22 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Typical Pats fan! Ifs and Buts........And if Tom Brady wouldnt have been given the "tuck" rule either right? And this is coming from someone who lives in New England. Im tired of the whiney Pats fans who only think they lose because "the Refs sucked" or "the other team got lucky"......PLEASE!!!!! And a side note, its in the grasp, not grass.
 



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:20 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

inside scoop is,,burress may be back in pittsburgh. dont see why this couldnt happen. ill beleive it when i see it! did come from a very good,reliable, close to the team source! been hearing about it for almost a year and a half!



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:03 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

GIANTS WOULDNT HAVE WON SB W/O BURRESS?????

Take it from a Patriots fan, you wouldn't have won the Superbowl if Manning was called "in the grass" for that sack, or if Asante Samuel intercepted that ball instead of dropping it, or if David Tyree (sp) didn't catch that ball off his helmet...

Burress was just a part of all of that. He isn't the reason you won.

But, we'll take him.




Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 7:33 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

No!!!!



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 6:36 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Bears NEED him . If we had him we would be in the Superbowl .



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:44 am
 

GIANTS WOULDNT HAVE WON SB W/O BURRESS

Hey Mister Peabody if wasnt fot P. Burress and the great yearr he had  the giant woulddnt have made it to the Super bowl
 and won because he was the giants and E. Mannings go to reciever whenever they needed a touch down and needed him  to
 out jump cornerbacks in the end zone for toch downs which he did alot of. Hey if he wanted to come play for my niners
I would love to have him!



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