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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: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:43 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.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:22 am

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?


Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 12:34 am

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

This shouldn't even be a question!! If Vick, Packman Jones and Donte Stallworth were given another chance for the things they did which were far more serious, why wouldn't he?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:23 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

You would think the Giants would be interested seeings they haven't beaten the Eagles since he shot himself...but by all means, sign with someone other than them...thanks!

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:17 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Please bring him to Denver

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:14 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

T.O being the biggest asshole in sports but seems to have know shortage of takers. Randy Moss being the 2nd biggest and he never seems to lack takers. But Plaxico only hurts himself and people are saying he`s not worth signing? These must be the same hypocrites who said that Micheal Vick wasn`t worth signing either. Lay off the double standards, you forgave GW for wrecking your kids future but you wont forgive Plaxico for shooting himself, lol.

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:02 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

HEY............ummmm....I've got it!  AUBURN!

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:46 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Why would anyone give merit to anything that shits out of Rosenhaus's mouth? He is an overpaid used car salesman. I hope he fails and Plax shoots him.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:39 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Funny, I don't remember T.O. being any sort of distraction for at least the past2 seasons, possibly even a little longer.  

Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:39 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Plexiglass wasn't worth it before jail ,m he sure isn't gonna be worth it now

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