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Could Plaxico Burress end up back in Pittsburgh?

Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:30 am
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

We spent a lot of time Monday explaining why the Steelers should pass on 36-year-old running back Tiki Barber (you'd think the phrase "36-year-old running back" would suffice in scaring off potential suitors; apparently not). But Barber's not the only former NFL player on the wrong side of 30 looking for gainful employment.

Plaxico Burress, fresh out of prison and more than two years removed from his last NFL game, wants to get back in the league. Interest has been lukewarm, although that may change once the lockout ends and free agency begins.

For now, though, Sports Illustrated's Peter King is "mind-boggled" by the tepid interest in Burress. King writes: "Just stupid. In the right offense he'll be the big target many teams lack, and, if healthy, he'll catch 60-plus balls and be a good deep threat. At worst? He's not going to cost much. What's the downside? Rams, Browns? Tell me. I'm dying to know."

Well, one team that appears to be interested also drafted Burress in 2000. Yep, the Steelers.

Twitastic details via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette beat reporter Gerry Dulac.

"Steelers coaches are interested in Burress but depends on price. They would release Randle El to make room."

We have little trouble believing the Steelers would release Antwaan Randle El. By the end of the season, he had lost his job to rookies Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. And while Randle El is a valuable locker room presence, he doesn't have much left as a player.

Whether that means Burress could replace him is another conversation. Ben Roethlisberger has long supported Burress and lobbied the organization to keep Burress when his contract expired after the 2004 season.

Roethlisberger has also said previously that he likes throwing to tall targets, even though, on average, height doesn't have any bearing on a wide receiver's effectiveness. For recent proof, just look at Limas Sweed. Of course, if Dulac is right, Steelers coaches might consider Burress the type of player they were hoping Sweed would grow into.

In the end, we remain skeptical about Burress returning to Pittsburgh. The Steelers have Mike Wallace, Hines Ward and Sanders at the top of the depth chart, and Brown will likely be the No. 4 wide receiver. We're not sure there are enough snaps to go around. Or more importantly: what type of player Burress will be after spending more than 20 months in prison.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:58 am
 

Could Plaxico Burress end up back in Pittsburgh?



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Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:26 am
 

Could Plaxico Burress end up back in Pittsburgh?

I think Plax should go to Philly to unite with Vick. Ex-cons hold a very special bond together, and while Vick is a grape jelly guy while Plax is a syrup man, hopefully they can meet in the middle!



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:02 am
 

Could Plaxico Burress end up back in Pittsburgh?

Why does Big Ben want Plax back in Pitt?

He went in a Tight End, came out a Wide Reciever.

You can't rape the willing!



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:00 am
 

Could Plaxico Burress end up back in Pittsburgh?

Of course Big Ben wants Plax back in Pittsburgh, he could use all the advice he can get on how to deal with life on the "inside".




Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Could Plaxico Burress end up back in Pittsburgh?

I also agree that the Steelers wouldn't be a good choice for "Plax". The Steelers already have a good receiving corp and I just can't see them getting rid of any of them in order to make room for him. As for him being a big target for Ben to throw to,the other receivers have decent height for Ben to throw to except for Randle-El.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Could Plaxico Burress end up back in Pittsburgh?

Plax is the kind of target that Ben needs and there's little downside if they can get him cheap.  Randel El isn't producing as a WR at this stage in his career and Sanders/Brown can return the kicks. 

Not sure what kind of locker room presence he would bring along though....



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Could Plaxico Burress end up back in Pittsburgh?

Only problem is that Plaxico is 34 not 30.  Not sure that's what you call a "significant" upgrade at all.


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