Tag:Plaxico Burress
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:52 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 12:31 pm
 

49ers ink Braylon Edwards to 1-year deal

Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE (Friday, 8/5/11), via NFL Network's Jason La Canfora: "How far did Braylon Edwards fall? Deal with 49ers is 1yr, $1M, with no guarantees. Only reaches $3.5M max with 90 catches/Pro Bowl. Yikes."

Even before the lockout ended, Braylon Edwards said he'd be willing to take a hometown discount to return to the Jets. Instead, New York gave Santonio Holmes a shiny new five-year deal, signed just-released-from-prison Plaxico Burress and were on the verge of adding 37-year-old Derrick Mason.

Meanwhile, Edwards remained unsigned … until Thursday night. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Edwards signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the 49ers, and Braylon confirmed as much via Twitter: "It's official #Team17 we have moved to the bay. I'm a proud member of the San Francisco 49ers."

The 49ers have been busy in recent days acquiring mid-level talent at bargain-basement prices. In addition to Edwards, the Browns' former 2005 first-round pick, San Francisco has added Madieu Williams, Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers (and are eager to dump 2010 second-rounder Taylor Mays).

This isn't necessarily a case of the 49ers trying to fill out the roster on the cheap (although fans may feel differently); if the Patriots had made these moves the "Yep, he's still a genius!" proclamations about Bill Belichick would soon follow. Of course, when you win at least 10 games every season since 2003 people tend to give you the benefit of the doubt. By comparison, the 49ers last had a winning record in 2002. 

(For what it's worth, Whitner sent a tweet to Edwards after learning they'd be teammates in San Francisco saying, "Bray I signed there today also...let's get a RING!")

Edwards will likely join Michael Crabtree in the starting lineup once Crabtree returns from a foot injury that could keep him sidelined throughout training camp. Prior to Edwards' signing, wideouts Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn had been running with the first team offense.

"He's really excited about the offense with Jim Harbaugh," Edwards' agent Ben Dogra said, according to the Associated Press. "He has a legitimate chance to play early and often. He's looking for a fresh start and felt good about his conversations with Coach Harbaugh and (general manager) Trent Baalke. That's what made the biggest difference for him. If he does well, hopefully there's an opportunity to prolong his career there."

The AP notes that with the addition of Edwards, the Niners now have the No. 1 (Alex Smith), No. 3 (Edwards) and No. 9 (Rogers) overall picks from the '05 draft.

As for what impact Edwards might make, we'll leave you with this: during Thursday's Eye on Football Podcast (it'll be uploaded shortly -- check back soon), we asked which wide receiver among Randy Moss, Burress or Edwards we would want on our team. Let's just say Edwards twice ranked third behind a 34-year-old fresh out of prison and another 34-year-old who just retired.

Also worth mentioning: the Jets gave Burress a one-year, $3 million deal, which isn't much different from what Edwards got from the 49ers.

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:01 am
 

Burress finds new home with NYJ

BurressPosted by Josh Katzowitz

He spent most of the day Saturday at Steelers camp, eating breakfast with coach Mike Tomlin and meeting with the front office, and by the end of it, free agent WR Plaxico Burress seemed to have a real shot at landing a spot with his old team.

Instead, as CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman writes Sunday morning, Burress has a new destination in mind -- the New York Jets.

Freeman writes Burress has accepted a one-year deal with the Jets -- it’s worth, according to ESPN, $3.017 million -- even though he had flown west to meet with the 49ers.

Burress told the Newark Star Ledger on Saturday that he had been invited to visit the Jets but that he wasn’t sure he would make it. Instead, it appears he accepted the job without going for an interview.

“I know they have a good team and everybody knows Rex (Ryan), so …” Burress told the Star-Ledger on Saturday, before making his decision. “I think (Ryan) is great. He stands behind his players, I think his players have a lot of respect for him and they play hard for him. … He’s a great coach, great personality. He seems like he’s always upbeat.”

Burress -- fresh off his 19-month prison stint -- gives the Jets another big-name WR signing after they rewarded Santonio Holmes with a five-year, $50 million deal earlier this week. While it seems unlikely that Burress will be good enough to become a star again, he could fill Braylon Edwards’ old role as the No. 2 receiver.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: July 30, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Plaxico breakfasts with Steelers

BurressPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Since free agent Plaxico Burress was released from prison, there has been no shortage of rumors of where the 34-year-old ultimately could resume his career.

Would it be his old team, the Giants? Apparently, they’re interested. The Bears? Not so much. The Eagles? Michael Vick certainly wouldn’t mind that. The Jets? Sounds like they might take a shot at him.

Well, what about the Steelers? If Burress’ eating habits are any indication, it sounds like Pittsburgh is a real player to land Burress.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, Burress had breakfast with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Saturday morning. Burress also met with team president Art Rooney and GM Kevin Colbert, who drafted Burress in 2000 (in case you forgot, Burress played his first five seasons in the league with the Steelers).

Said Colbert to reporters: “Obviously he's interested. His agent is interested and we're interested, so where it goes we'll find out.”

Colbert said he didn’t know how much money Burress would command, but if his expectations aren’t too high -- and coming off his prison stint, I don’t know why they would be -- Burress could be a nice fit to build some depth at the WR position.

All of this depends on how much solid football Burress actually has left in his body. Which, of course, nobody knows at this point.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Giants, Burress can't meet until Friday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those wondering if free agent Plaxico Burress would really re-sign with the Giants – and there’s always that possibility – it’s going to take a little bit longer than originally thought.

The Newark Star Ledger explains why, reporting that the Giants were trying to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Burress, so they could poke and proud his brain. All along, they knew, per the new league rules, they couldn’t meet with him at their facility, but they thought they could arrange a get-together at a neutral site.

Apparently, that’s not the case.

So, New York, like everybody else in the league since nobody owns Burress’ rights, will have to wait until Friday before trying to determine whether the Giants really want to bring him back to the team.

If Burress’ rights were still owned by the Giants, only then could the team meet with him in person.






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Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Would the Giants really welcome back Plaxico?

BurressPosted by Josh Katzowitz

If you would have asked free agent WR Plaxico Burress the chances he would return to play for his old team, the Giants, after his stint in prison, he probably wouldn’t have been real confident.

The Eagles seemed interested in him (Michael Vick said something about how you can never have enough weapons), and though Burress apparently was eyeing the Bears, Chicago made it pretty clear the interest wasn’t mutual (psst, Burress also said the the Jets would be appealing to him).

But remember when Eli Manning said he would rather have Burress on his team instead of former Giants RB Tiki Barber? Maybe, Manning had a little bit of inside knowledge, because according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants are in contention to bring him back to New York.

With the Giants, Burress probably wouldn’t be counted as on a top-line target. At the age of (almost) 34 and having not played since the 2008 season, nobody is sure how much football talent Burress has left in his body. Plus, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham are locked in as starters.

But Burress could add to the depth of New York’s WR corps, and if the Giants expect him as a third or fourth WR, that might make some sense.



Of course, Burress said this recently about coach Tom Coughlin: “My situation in New York, me and my coach, had an ambivalent relationship to say the least. Some things that I didn't agree with, with the way he went about things. And the only way to show my way was to just rebel. Is that who I am? No."

So, um, maybe the Giants and Burress wouldn’t be a great fit after all.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:29 am
 

Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A week after Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson announced in a radio interview that he would love to play alongside Plaxico Burress, quarterback Michael Vick has said pretty much the same thing.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show with fill-in host Stephen A. Smith, Vick said that he would want Burress on his team even though he has playmakers in Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek.

“I mean you can never have enough weapons, I think," Vick told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "Obviously we’ll find a way to use them as well as the other 31 teams in this league who will be vouching to get him. I’m saying I wouldn’t say no. I wasn’t opposed to it. I would definitely open an invite if it was there and just see what happens. DeSean is a great player. He’s a future Hall of Famer. Jeremy is a future Hall of Famer. Brent as well, but we want to maximize our talent and I’m sure we’ll find a way to use him. We have great, great, leaders. I also think he would be good for the young guys. We’ll see what happens. It may happen. It may not.”

That's a lot of pass-catching Hall of Famers on one team. Either way, the attraction between the Eagles and Burress appears to be mutual. According to ESPN.com's Ashley Fox, who covered the Eagles previously for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly is "going to go after Burress, and go after him hard."

Fox adds that "Vick had the time and space to regain his abilities in a relatively low-pressure environment, and because of Philadelphia's depth at receiver, Burress would too. The Eagles have a decent option in the slot in Jason Avant. To them, Burress simply would be a luxury."

The Vick-Burress comparison has been made before as a reason why Philly might be interested. But other than the fact that both men have been incarcerated in recent years, they're completely different players. Vick got out of prison when he was 29, and signed with the Eagles as a backup. Although Vick was predictably rusty at first, he still possessed the athleticism that made him one of the league's most dynamic players.

Burress, on the other hand, is 34 and even in his prime was never known for his speed or route-running ability. There's no reason to think he stumbled upon either while serving time. And while expectations for Vick were decidedly low when he arrived in Philly, the thinking with Burress seems to be that he can ease back into his old job and at some point during the season develop into the missing piece to the Eagles' Super Bowl puzzle.

Sounds like a stretch.

Which is pretty much what the Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote on July 5. "When reports surfaced that the Eagles were first in line for Burress, the information was not leaked from their camp, team sources indicated. The Eagles remain neutral. They're nowhere near as interested as they were in Vick, post-incarceration, but they're not going to broadcast it. Reid is fond of Burress and doesn't want to hinder his return to the NFL. Now if the 6-foot-5 receiver would fall into his lap for a meager price, then Burress' signing could be something worth presenting to owner Jeffrey Lurie."

One way or the other, we'll know how the Eagles feel about Burress once free agency begins -- fingers crossed -- sometime in the coming weeks.

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Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:09 am
 

Plax says Bears in top 3, Bears not interested?

Posted by Will Brinson

Plaxico Burress will be one of the most sought-after discussed free agents once the offseason begins. And though his age may be an issue, it seems like he's going to get a gig.

But where? Well, how about Chicago, where the Bears are in need of a possession receiver to compliment Devin Hester? How convenient -- Plaxico said he'd be interested in going to Chicago, even calling the Bears one of his top-three choices to play.

"Oh without question, without a doubt [the Bears are among my top three destinations]," Burress said on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on Tuesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "My decision making is going to come down to what I said, playing with an elite quarterback, playing with a running game, playing with a great tight end, and Greg Olsen is already that guy, in my estimation he'll be a Pro Bowler this season.

"That's the same situation I went into when I made my decision to go to New York. It's a pretty similar situation."

Quick aside: it's unbelievable how Drew Rosenhaus clients who don't really have an open market continually find themselves in high-demand. I mean that seriously -- the guy makes things happen.

However, this flirtation with Chicago may not exactly be worth pursuing. Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times notes in the same article that multiple sources tell him the Bears are only interested in Plax at a "bargain basement price."

Apparently, the combination of Burress' prison time, plus his age and character concerns all mesh poorly with his inability to fit into Mike Martz' scheme that way other receivers might.

But, hey, what if he ended up going to Chicago along with Washington wideout Santana Moss? That would make for a pretty spicy set of wide receivers, right?

Yes it would, but it probably won't happen. If there's one thing we've learned about Rosenhaus clients it's that they're probably not taking the cheapest deal on the market, even if it might mean a better situation.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.11.11: Sounds like Favre's retired



Posted by Ryan Wilson

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  • We now have two players in the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft. Former University of Georgia running back Caleb King joins Terrelle Pryor in a draft that usually takes place in mid-July but because of the lockout could happen sometime in the coming weeks. According to PFT, King received a grade of 4.9 from National Scouting, the same organization that gave Pryor a 5.1 (which translates into a sixth- or seventh-round pick).
  • Deion Sanders, like everybody else on the planet, is tired of talking about the lockout. So instead, he talks about himself. (To be fair, he was asked, and it's regarding his Hall of Fame enshrinement next month.)
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