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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: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:07 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

What- are you people nuts ?!  BENGALS !!!

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:06 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Giants got plenty of talent at WR so they can pass on this self shooting has been.  He should count himself lucky to have gotten a Superbowl ring before his incarceration otherwise, he'd never see one.  But hey, lookout Oakland!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:05 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

- Giants: I wouldn't count on it since the team has compesated well at the WR position after his departure. And... do you think seriously that Tom Coughlin would be pleased to have him in his surroundings once again? But there are some other teams in need of a wide receiver and I'll try to beak them down:

- Bills: They have other pressing needs like quarterback, O-line and defense (the line and the secondary specifically) but will anyone deny that they need to bring in a complement to Lee Evans?

- Browns: If Colt McCoy is to develop properly, he will need a target as reliable as big.

- Titans: He would cause less headaches than Moss IMHO...

- Broncos: Replace Colt McCoy by Tim Tebow.

- Chiefs: He would help to bring some pressure off Dwayne Bowe.

- Bears: Apart from Greg Olsen, are there any serious recieving threats on this team? Not to mention they could (finally) put Devin Hester back to punt returning duties.

- Panthers: If Steve Smith is still with the team, bringing Burress in could help in extending his career a little longer.

- Rams: Right now, Sam Bradford looks like an elite gunner firing blanks. At this point of his career, Buress would be a great asset.

Don't hesitate if there are other teams I should have mentioned.

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:54 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

I'm bettin' a lot of teams will be gunning for him.  Shoot, he'll help some team for sure.  According to his agent, he wants to switch his number to 38, which is common for a wideout in the pistol formation.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:41 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

The Rooney's won't do it, but I would luv to see him in Black & Gold again!!!!  

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:30 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, doesn't Plax have to be reinstated by Goodell before even talking to any teams ?

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:28 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Too bad the Bears ownership will shy away from the problems off the field, he is the exact style receiver that would compliment Jay's skillsof moving and therowing on the run perfectly.

P.S.  No one wants to play with Eli so he is not going back to NY.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:10 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Oh ya he is worth signing! for how much that is to be determined but I know there is at least 10 teams probably more that can use him next season.  He wont be the top free agent wide reciever this off season but he will sign somewhere before the pre season starts next year guarenteed!

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:00 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

He should sign with the NRA.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:50 pm

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Of course he's worth signing, duh. I would love to see him back with the GIANTS!

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