Tag:Plaxico Burress
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 2:38 pm
 

DeSean would love to play with Plaxico in Philly

Posted by Ryan Wilson

DeSean Jackson was in the news for all the wrong reasons last week. He used a homophobic slur during an appearance Friday on Sirius XM's "All Out Rude Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear" and, predictably, issued an apology through his PR rep a short time later.

Jackson also spoke Friday with Stephen A. Smith of ESPN Radio in New York. There was no mention of the Jackson's homophobic comments (as PFT's Michael David Smith writes, possibly because the remarks hadn't become publicized by that point), but there was a conversation about Plaxico Burress.

Jackson spent time with Burress in California recently and thinks Burress could help the Eagles next season.

“I think he would love to come play for the Eagles, come play with me and Vick," Jackson told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "He already kind of had a connection with [Michael] Vick, with him being in prison and him kind of talking to him before. So it might be a connection, I’d love it. But regardless, I wish the best for him, and if he was to come to Philadelphia I think it would be a dangerous combination.”

Jackson likens Burress' situation to Vick's, who joined the Eagles in 2009, after almost two years in prison. After sitting behind Donovan McNabb, Vick got a chance to start in 2010 and led the Eagles to the playoffs.

“I mean, I’ve always had so much respect for [Vick]," Jackson said. "And for him going through what he’s been through and still be able to get a second opportunity and making the best out of it, first of all I’ll say for the Eagles to believe in him after all the other teams just doubted him and said he couldn’t do it, and for myself to actually watch and witness the every day hard work, the things he was doing in the community, for myself it was really like a dream come true. I was just happy for that man to get that second opportunity and prove that he could do it.”

DeSean, Plax in the news

When Burress was released from prison last month, the Eagles were thought to be interested in his services. Last week, however, it sounded like Burress was at the bottom of their offseason to-do list. In fact, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote that the Eagles have 10 needs more pressing than signing Burress.

From his July 5 report on Philly's offseason needs, McLane writes:

"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."

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 2:38 pm
 

DeSean would love to play with Plaxico in Philly

Posted by Ryan Wilson

DeSean Jackson was in the news for all the wrong reasons last week. He used a homophobic slur during an appearance Friday on Sirius XM's "All Out Rude Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear" and, predictably, issued an apology through his PR rep a short time later.

Jackson also spoke Friday with Stephen A. Smith of ESPN Radio in New York. There was no mention of the Jackson's homophobic comments (as PFT's Michael David Smith writes, possibly because the remarks hadn't become publicized by that point), but there was a conversation about Plaxico Burress.

Jackson spent time with Burress in California recently and thinks Burress could help the Eagles next season.

“I think he would love to come play for the Eagles, come play with me and Vick," Jackson told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "He already kind of had a connection with [Michael] Vick, with him being in prison and him kind of talking to him before. So it might be a connection, I’d love it. But regardless, I wish the best for him, and if he was to come to Philadelphia I think it would be a dangerous combination.”

Jackson likens Burress' situation to Vick's, who joined the Eagles in 2009, after almost two years in prison. After sitting behind Donovan McNabb, Vick got a chance to start in 2010 and led the Eagles to the playoffs.

“I mean, I’ve always had so much respect for [Vick]," Jackson said. "And for him going through what he’s been through and still be able to get a second opportunity and making the best out of it, first of all I’ll say for the Eagles to believe in him after all the other teams just doubted him and said he couldn’t do it, and for myself to actually watch and witness the every day hard work, the things he was doing in the community, for myself it was really like a dream come true. I was just happy for that man to get that second opportunity and prove that he could do it.”

DeSean, Plax in the news

When Burress was released from prison last month, the Eagles were thought to be interested in his services. Last week, however, it sounded like Burress was at the bottom of their offseason to-do list. In fact, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote that the Eagles have 10 needs more pressing than signing Burress.

From his July 5 report on Philly's offseason needs, McLane writes:

"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."

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.05.11: Somebody wants Haynesworth



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Michael Clayton, the Bucs first-round pick in 2004, says his football career isn't over. In the last two seasons he caught 18 passes for 249 yards. After spending the first six years of his career in Tampa Bay, Clayton played with the Giants in 2010.
  • When Plaxico Burress was released from prison last month, the Eagles were considered one of the teams most likely to sign him. Now that the new-freedom smell has worn off, it sounds as if Burress is near the bottom of Philly's offseason to-do list.
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Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:50 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:36 am
 

Plax's NFLPA symposium talk impactful on rookies

Posted by Will Brinson

We mentioned earlier in the week that Plaxico Burress was going to speak at the NFLPA rookie symposium. Burress was there -- along with many other impressive guests like Roger Goodell -- to give life advice to the NFL's youngsters.

He did just that, and according to Broncos' rookie Von Miller, speaking to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, and the advice proved profound.

"I've been a big fan of Plaxico Burress' since I was a kid," Miller said. "It's a nightmare story, but I think all of us rookies can learn from that."

Burress' nightmare story is impactful: The wideout lost more than $12 million and two years of his life after being sentenced to prison for shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub.

Also present was former Lions DT Luther Ellis, who eventually filed for bankruptcy despite making $12 million over his career.

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And, of course, a slew of rookies -- 150 rooks made the trip, including eight of 10 first-rounders. (Only absent were Jake Locker, who's getting married, and Julio Jones, who didn't have an excuse, though he didn't need one.)

"Going into this event I thought I knew a lot, and then you go through these couple of days and you realize there's a lot you have to learn," said Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. "If I hadn't have had this event, I think I would have missed out on a great deal."

Fortunately, though the usually-sponsored-by-the-NFL event took place under the (optimistically!) dark cloud of the labor talks, it appears to have had an effect on the NFL's youngest group of players.

And that's always good news, regardless of whether the games are technically scheduled to begin on time right now.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:50 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The offseason is all about hope. Fans hope that their teams will finally make the playoffs. GMs and coaches hope that the guy they traded up for last April pans out. And this offseason in particular, owners and players are hoping that Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith can solve the labor impasse, end the lockout and give fans all they really want: football.

Various reports suggest that there could be a new collective bargaining agreement by mid-July, which will make for a frenzied, abbreviated free agency period, but means that training camps and the season start on time. Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports that we're one step closer to that reality.

"DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA executive director, asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to speak at the NFLPA rookie symposium, and Goodell agreed," King wrote Tuesday evening. "The commissioner's appearance is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota, Fla. The symposium, titled The Business of Football: Rookie Edition, is being held at the IMG Academy in nearby Bradenton, Fla."

Smith and Goodell were both in Minnesota Tuesday, meeting one on one without players or owners present. It was the first of four days of labor meetings. According to King, Smith and Goodell left town on the same flight Tuesday night, headed for Florida.

"The plan is for Goodell to speak at the symposium around 8 a.m. Wednesday, then Smith and Goodell immediately will fly back to Minneapolis and reconvene meetings with Judge Arthur J. Boylan after lunchtime," King said.

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It's the latest indication that Smith and Goodell, adversaries at various stages of the labor proceedings, have found common ground and are genuinely working to end the lockout.

King adds that "None of this should mask the fact that the two sides still have significant progress to make after multiple meetings in different parts of the country. One player representative told SI.com recently that he'd been told by the union that a deal is not imminent. But the signs continue to be good with meaningful dialogue and concessions from both sides apparently happening."

While CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Tuesday that "This coming week, various league and player sources have told me, might be the most important of this fight. This week could determine when this labor fight finally ends." Freeman added that "There is one difference about this week of negotiating, I'm told, and it's an interesting one. Both Goodell and Smith feel like they've been handed more respective authority to make an agreement on behalf of their constituents; Goodell on behalf of the owners and Smith on behalf of the players."

At the very least, it's progress. And progress means hope.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:14 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Plaxico will speak to rookies at NFLPA Symposium

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFLPA's Rookie Symposium begins this week in Florida, and CBSSports.com has learned that Plaxico Burress will be one of the players speaking to the rookies about life in the NFL.

Obviously, Burress, who was released from prison June 6, has a unique perspective on life as an NFL player and the traps of fame that can ensnare young players in the league.

He's also an excellent example of what our own Mike Freeman referred to as a blown opportunity for rookies: By passing on the Symposium, for whatever reason, they're also passing on valuable advice that could prove life-changing down the road.

Burress went from the highest of highs -- catching a touchdown in the Super Bowl for the Giants -- to the lowest of lows -- shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub and spending more than a year in prison on a weapons charge -- pretty quickly.

So getting Burress to speak at the Symposium is a savvy move by the NFLPA and a dagger for any rookie who skips the event thinking valuable advice won't be passed out.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Eli Manning prefers Plaxico on Giants to Tiki

Posted by Will Brinson

Though Tiki Barber and Plaxico Burress might not be the most sought-after free agents on the market, they've arguably generated more discussion than any other players out there.

This is also somewhat interesting as the pair used to be teammates but generally aren't considered possibilities to re-join the Giants. Still, what if you had to pick between them? Who would you take? And if you had to force one person in the world to make that choice, wouldn't it be Eli Manning?

Of course it would.

Fortunately, Dan Patrick did just that on his show Monday morning, asking Eli to pick between the two free agents.

“Probably Plaxico,” Manning said via Michael David Smith at PFT. “He has probably fonder memories, winning a Super Bowl, that catch for the touchdown in Super Bowl XLII. Tiki just ended on a bad note. It’s really a shame, he should be remembered as a great Giants running back and a terrific player — because he was — but the way he went out he burned a few bridges.

"So I think Plaxico would probably be welcomed back a little quicker.”

The fact that Eli picked Plax isn't particularly shocking, especially considering the criticisms Eli and Tiki swapped last year while Tiki was working for NBC. Eli also addressed that criticism on the DP Show.

“I responded back and I think guys liked to see that from me,” Manning said. “I didn’t want it to be a deal where it’s me vs. Tiki . . . but I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing.”

Of course, there's also the fact that Tiki's a running back who's well past his prime, which is a pretty good reason the Giants wouldn't want to pay him money to truck the football.

Plax might struggle to get the hang of football again as well, but the curve for a possession wideout is substantially smaller than someone even trying to play the role of a third-down back.

Besides, it's not as if prison's any worse in terms of forcing his skills to deteriorate than a broadcasting booth.

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Santonio Holmes should be priority for Jets

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last offseason, the Jets acquired Santonio Holmes for a fifth-round pick. That the Steelers were willing to part with their former first-rounder and Super Bowl XLIII MVP for the draft equivalent of a bag of doughnuts* was no reflection of Holmes' on-the-field production and had everything to do with his inability to stay out of trouble.

The Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum Jets don't share such concerns. In fact, their personnel philosophy can be loosely described as "If a guy can play he deserves a second (third, fourth, etc…) chance." And for the most part, the strategy has worked. Braylon Edwards, Antonio Cromartie and Holmes were critical to the Jets' AFC Championship runs the last two seasons, all came to New York with a U-Haul full of baggage.

All three players are also free agents, and once the 2011 offseason officially begins, the Jets will have to decide who to keep and how to do it. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, Holmes is the priority.

“I believe they will (be able to afford Holmes),” La Canfora said on Total Access. “From everything I’ve heard, he will be a priority. Look at what they’ve done in recent years with D’Brickshaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, stepping up for Darrelle Revis. They’ve done everything possible to keep their young core. … I think Holmes stays in New York.”

Holmes was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and he still managed 52 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns. According to Football Outsiders' WR efficiency ratings, Holmes led all Jets receivers in total value and value-per-play.

The Steelers were able to jettison Holmes and remain productive offensively. Part of that was because second-year player Mike Wallace emerged as a legit No. 1 wide receiver, but also because Ben Roethlisberger ia a top-10 NFL quarterback. The Jets need Holmes because Mark Sanchez is still in the developmental stages of his career. A playmaker like Holmes certainly eases that transition, even if he's not always enamored with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's game plan.

Edwards' future in New York seems less certain. Depending on how free agency plays out (assuming a new CBA isn't far off), Randy Moss and Plaxico Burress could also be possibilities.

* Turns out, the Steelers made the most of that fifth-round pick. During the 2010 draft, they acquired CB Bryant McFadden and a sixth-round pick from the the Cardinals for the fifth-rounder they got from the Jets for Holmes. That sixth-round pick would eventually become Antonio Brown.

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