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Browns won't go after Plaxico Burress

Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:40 am
Edited on: June 8, 2011 10:31 am
P. Burress is released from prison (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though the prospect of NFL free agency seems ever so far away, the Browns seemingly already know how they’re going to play it in the offseason. In a word, conservative.

That’s the word from Cleveland GM Tom Heckert, who says (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer) that the team will not go after high-priced veteran free agents.

"We're not going to be gung-ho in free agency," Heckert said. "There's a couple of guys that we may be interested in, but it's not going to be enough where it's going to affect how we practice and all of that stuff."

The biggest free agent question mark this week is former WR Plaxico Burress, who was released from prison a couple days ago after a 20-month sentence and could draw some interest in the free agent market (in all other weeks, we’d ask about Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, and Heckert also said the Brown aren’t going after him either).

The Browns, though, aren’t interested in Burress, because Heckert says he’s not desperate to upgrade his team’s WR corps (I’m not sure I totally agree with him about that).

“We added a tight end and added a fullback that can catch the ball, so I think we did help our receiving as a group," Heckert said. "But if we think somebody can improve us, we'll do it."

It just probably won't be Burress - who's still very tall but will be 34 years old before next season and hasn't played since 2008.

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Browns won't go after Plaxico Burress

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Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:37 am

Browns won't go after Plaxico Burress

How could anybody think Burress would help the Browns?  We need him to help the younger guys out? Are you kidding me? We need a guy coming off a 2 year prison term to help younger guys?  Look, Plaxico has the prototypical #1 WR body but the guy was slowing down three years ago and his best years were behind him then.  You can't compare him to Vick because the skill set required for the two positions is completely different.  As for all the posters who think you have to spend big money in free agency to build a team, please show me the team that is consistently good that does that? Washington? The consistently good teams (Pats, Steelers, Packers, Colts, Ravens, Saints etc.) never spend big money on free agents. They build through the draft and mid-money FA's.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:08 pm

Browns won't go after Plaxico Burress

Burress is a good guy, and I think he'll have a great season this year.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:29 pm

Browns won't go after Plaxico Burress

I have been okay with the direction and drafting of players has been going for the Browns.......however, free agency is a crucial part of making a bad team better. I am not saying that they should sign any of these three players, but you gotta take a look at free agency and spend some cash to help the team get better.

Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:55 pm

Browns won't go after Plaxico Burress

Absolutly SSSTTTUUUUUPPPIIIIIIDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need him to help out the young guys. This guy will go on a tear when he plays again just to show everyone that he can still play.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:11 am

Browns won't go after Plaxico Burress

Pretty typical of the "new Browns": low risk, no reward.  They certainly could use a receiver, and what Plaxico did wasn't quite as heinous as Vick.  Heck, if every NFL player who carried a firearm and/or accidentally discharged it was black-balled, half the league would be gone.  The guy is going to be on his best behavior for a year or two, so why not sign him to an incentive-laden contract, get a year out of him and try to trade him?  Is the Cleveland locker room so lacking in character and leadership that it couldn't handle Plax?  (oops, probably shouldn't have asked that.)

Anyway, have fun with another 6-10 season (or worse), Browns fans.  At least you'll be safe going to all those exciting Cleveland night clubs.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:04 am

Browns won't go after Plaxico Burress

I trust Heckert and Holmgren when it comes to the draft.  I'm not so sure about their approach to free agency, though.  The Browns have had that same mentality about not signing high priced free agency, ever since their return in 1999.  Um, they havent won many games since then.  Coincidence?  I can understand saying they are not going after free agency help on the offensive or defensive line, but not at WR??  Um, the Browns starting WRs couldnt even make any other team's practice squad.  Sign Plax, or TO or Moss, someone to make defenses get 8 guys out of the box.  I'm not saying to sign one of them to be a locker room leader, just to be an offensive threat for a year or two until we can afford to draft an impactful WR or two.  Take a shot, every other team does. 

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