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Big Ben backs Plax return to Steelers

Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:24 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 9:27 am
On Tuesday, my colleague Ryan Wilson wondered whether or not Plaxico Burress could end up back with his original team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. As Ryan noted, there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about the possibility.

Apparently not one of them, though: Ben Roethlisberger's support. That's because Ben apparently is down with bringing Plax back to Pittsburgh.

"I've talked to Plax a number of times in the last couple of weeks," Roethlisberger said, per Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I told him, 'Hey, if you came back here that would be awesome, but I'm just happy to see you playing again' because he's a good guy."

As Wilson pointed out, there are a number of problems with bringing Burress back to Pittsburgh. Namely, are there even enough footballs to go around in order to find out if Plaxico's still got it after 20 months in the hole?

Right now, the Steelers are staring at a wide receiver corps that features Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. (Presumably, Antwaan Randle El would be the casualty of a Burress signing.)

But maybe -- as we've noted in previous discussions tying Plax to Philly -- that's the best possible situation for the former first-rounder. After all, if he can step in as a big end-zone target, he'll only help to diversify an already stout group of wideouts.

And as far as public relations go, well, it's not as if dealing with off-field issues would be something new for the 2011 Steelers either.

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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 4:49 pm

Big Ben backs Plax return to Steelers

It's true, the Steelers would definitely benefit with the return of Plaxico Burress. He should feel right at home with but I don't think the Steelers ownership will be wild about having him. I suppose anything is possible. I wish the guy well...he made some mistakes with the Giants and was used as a scapegoat to elect some politician when he went to trial and then jail. Any other criminal wouldn't have warranted such a harsh sentence.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:39 pm

Big Ben backs Plax return to Steelers

Ha another disgruntled bears fan ... a club that hasn't had a qb that could win a superbowl for em since mcmahon.   If i were a bears fan i would bash every other qb too.  cutler can't even thrive in a mike martz offense!!!

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:43 am

Big Ben backs Plax return to Steelers

The smart teams sign these types of guys to low risk cheap contracts and then take advantage if they do well.  If they don't do well, they just punt them off since it doesn't matter anyway.

Stupid teams stand around and sign "character" guys that aren't very good and then lose lots of games, only for people to claim those alleged good guys are jerks anyway.  I bet at least 25 teams in the league wish they had signed Vick...although Burress can't have that type of impact most likely, he's still a low risk high reward option for whoever takes him.  I mean all he did was shoot himself...and having a gun is supposed to be a Constitutional right anyway (nowhere does the Constitution place restrictions on that right).

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:28 am

Big Ben backs Plax return to Steelers

Of course Ben wants him back.....He needs all the tips he can get on how to make it on the inside. 

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