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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: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Chicago needs his size and hands. I bet he can still go up and get the ball, plus he's 34 but havung not played to NFL seasons means your 32, which in todays gane isn't that old for a WR..... close but not old yet.IM sure hell play anywhere  but he would be a nice fit on the bears.

depending on qb situation AZ wouldnt be a bad fit either



Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:24 am
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

I feel where u coming from but I think Chad would be a good fit with Raiders, he will be reunited with Hue Jackson a coach that he love to play for a happy Chad means production. Now put Plaxico in the mix the Raiders will win there division and go to Playoff.Chad prove already he can play with another elite receiver aand with the Raiders running game Watch out NFL the Raiders will be back on Monday Nights.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Plaxico should sign with my beloved Cowboys and sign a lucrative endorsement deal with the NRA.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

He should sign with the Cardinals Arizona has very lax gun laws.



Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

The Cleveland Browns need to invest in this Big Target for a young MC at quaterback..... it would be wise of Holgren



Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

It'll only be the usual suspects for going after head cases: Bengals, Cowboys, Raiders, Ravens, maybe Vikings, the smart teams will want nothing to do with him.


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