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Plaxico Burress will be returning to New York, but not to play for his old team. The giant veteran wide receiver, recently re-instated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after serving a prison sentence, is signing with the New York Jets according to a report by Adam Schefter. Burress most recently played football two seasons ago and is now 33 years old.
Burress was charged with two counts of felony possession of a weapon and one count of felony reckless endangerment in 2008 after he accidentally shot himself in the leg in a nightclub. He did not have a legal concealed carry permit and entered a plea deal that would see him serve two years in prison. He was released from prison on June 6.
His 2008 season was shortened by the shooting incident, but Burress was extremely effective in his last full season, making 70 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2008. He joins a re-tooled New York Jets receiving corps that will be losing Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith, but that retained Santonio Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery.
For more on Burress and the Jets, visit SB Nation's New York Jets blog Gang Green Nation.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweets that former wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ comeback tour continues: he met with coach Mike Tomlin at Steelers camp Saturday morning, and also spoke to Steelers president Art Rooney and GM Kevin Colbert.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: way too much text has been spilled over this. Once we get past the sensationalism of the story (did you know Plaxico Burress went to jail?), there isn’t much here here. The Steelers are already pretty deep at wide receiver, with Mike Wallace and Hines Ward leading the way and with second-year players Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown as an able supporting cast. They have no particular use for a soon-to-be 34-year-old who hasn’t played since 2008. As much as Ben Roethlisberger loves to talk about how he wants a tall receiver, height is an overrated quality among wideouts, and a lack of height has never stopped guys like Wallace and Ward from putting up monster seasons.
For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain.
Wide receiver Plaxico Burress is talking with the enemy, depending on which team one is a fan of. On Friday, Burress talked with officials from his former team, the New York Giants. But Burress is also interested in discussing a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, reports ESPN New York.
Burress spent 90 minutes talking with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, general manager Jerry Reese and owner John Mara. Burress and Coughlin did not have the best of relationships during the receiver's time with the team. But Reese indicated that their interest in signing Burress is real.
Burress does plan on talking with the Eagles, but he is also interested in the St. Louis Rams and his first NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles did sign Nnamdi Asomugha, and the Giants could use a weapon on the field like Burress to test the start cornerback.
At 34, Burress appears ready to get back into the NFL and play as if he never left it.
Let's hope he signs somewhere soon, because the amount of text that's been spewed about Burress this offseason is way out of proportion with what I have to imagine is his current level of talent. The guy is about to turn 34, and he hasn't played in the NFL since the 2008 season.
On top of that, the fact that he's visiting his former teams confuses me. He had a stormy relationship with Giants coach Tom Coughlin the last time he was there. And the Steelers simply don't need him, since they already have four good receivers in Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. I suppose there's no harm in either team signing Burress cheaply if they're willing to let him go if his attitude - or his play - becomes a problem. But at this point, it's not clear to me why either team would bother.
Who would've thought that Plaxico Burress' next team could be one of his former teams. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that it's "likely" that Burress signs with either the Pittsburgh Steelers, his first NFL team, or the New York Giants, his second NFL team.
According to Mort's report, Burress could be looking at a $10 million deal over two years.
Sources believe only a productive, fence-mending meeting between Burress and Coughlin stands between the wide receiver rejoining the Giants and making more than $10 million over two years.
However, Tomlin expects to make his own strong sales pitch for Burress to join the Steelers, who made him a first-round draft choice out of Michigan State in 2000, sources added.
I think it says a lot about a player when his two former teams want him back despite spending time in jail.
All this is contingent on Burress being in football-shape after a two-year prison sentence. With the interest being shown in him, I suspect his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has told everyone he's ready to roll.
Burress can't meet in-person with both head coaches until Friday at 6:00 p.m. (ET) when free agency officially starts but it sounds like one of his former teams will be his future team.
The New York Giants and free agent WR Plaxico Burress were reportedly scheduled to meet on Wednesday but they may have to talk by phone instead. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has told the Star-Ledger that, actually, teams can't meet with players at neutral locations.
At least until Friday at 6:00 p.m. (ET) when full free agency is open and players can openly sign. Right now, it's just a negotiation period.
So the two sides can't physically meet until Friday night but because NFL free agency is such a fluid situation it's possible Burress (or the Giants) will have already moved on by that point. Reportedly, Tom Coughlin and Co. want to check Burress' mental state and gauge his interest in returning to New York.
So if the two sides do indeed meet, it'll be on Friday, at the earliest.
Free agent WR Plaxico Burress and the New York Giants spent a good portion of the day talking, possibly about a comeback to Big Blue. There was never any major ill-will between the Giants and Burress, even after he left the team for a prison stint two years ago, but it's hard to imagine Burrress returning.
Still, Burress going back to New York is not out of the question. There are a few things to keep in mind with this visit.
First, remember that he didn't leave New York on bad terms with his teammates, like Tiki Barber did. (Goes to show you that, in the NFL, it's better to literally shoot yourself in the leg than criticize your teammates.) He can still be accepted by the Giants players and fans. Catching the winning pass in the Super Bowl does that sort of thing for you.
Second, can the Giants even have him in for a visit? This is a unique year and it's unclear if, during this week of pre-free agency, teams can have players in for a visit. Some think players can't visit teams until Friday at 6:00 p.m. (ET) when full free agency opens.
Third, the Giants first want to see where he's at mentally, according to Adam Schefter, before moving on with this discussion.
Fourth, Eli Manning had good things to say about Burress a few weeks ago when he was released from prison so don't discount his opinion in this as well.
So Plaxico back to New York? It's possible.
"I really don’t know what I’m going to say," Burress said. "I’m just going to go in there tomorrow and speak from the heart, be truthful with him and let him know how I feel. Whatever comes out is going to come out.
"I’m pretty sure there are things he wants to say, too."
It's pretty surprising that the Giants would bother as Burress will turn 34 before the season starts. He's now past the age where he's likely to be an impact player as a receiver, and that's before considering that he spent the better part of the last two years in a cell. Then there's the fact that Burress was bad-mouthing Coughlin in the press just a couple weeks ago. Given that Burress didn't exactly have a reputation for being a team player the first time he was with the Giants, it's hard to understand why Coughlin would want him back.
Ed Valentine at Big Blue View raises the possibility that this could all be public relations on the Giants' parts, wanting to seem open-minded to the possible return of a star player, when in actuality they don't want him at all. That sounds like a conspiracy theory, but in this case, I think it actually makes some sense.
"Oh without question, without a doubt (the Bears are among his top three choices)," Burress said on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000. "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 (to play with the Giants), and it's a pretty similar situation."
Burress has also expressed interest in playing with the Jets, Texans and Eagles, so teams on the West Coast can likely look forward to an interview where he says he'd love to play with them in the near future.
In all seriousness, this is sound career planning from Burress. He last played football in 2008 before serving two years for accidentally shooting himself in the leg with an unlicensed handgun, and he'll be 34 by the time the season starts, whenever that is.
He's really not in a position to be playing favorites, but it would behoove him to make every team feel as if he is.
Even though the NFL Lockout is still in place and free agency is on hold until a new league year starts, Plaxico Burress, recently released from prison, is already thinking about which teams he would be interested in signing with once things start up again. According to Jane McManus of ESPN New York, Burress recently discussed the New York Jets and the Houston Texans during an interview with the NFL Network.
Both teams offer a good opportunity for him. The Jets have two wide receiver free agents-to-be in Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, which means one is likely to leave. That would give Burress an opportunity to start opposite the one that does re-sign.
As for the Texans, Burress sees that team on the rise, one that will finally go over the hump and make it into the playoffs. And playing with Andre Johnson, one of the top wide receivers in the league, is also a great opportunity for him.
Burress also spoke on a Philadelphia radio show and expressed interest in catching passes from Michael Vick, who previously served jail time for his illegal dog fighting activities and related charges. Burress said:
"Oh, it would be a dream come true," he said. "I have a lot of respect for Mike, not just as a quarterback but as a person -- you know what he's overcome and what he's went through and just the way he bounced back.
Whether he's ready to hit the field right away and be in football condition still remains to be seen. But he certainly does appear to want to play for a team that will be in playoff contention right now.
Plaxico Burress has taken to Twitter recently to talk about everything under the sun -- including NFL teams the wide receiver is interested in signing with once the NFL lockout ends. The Philadelphia Eagles seem to be atop that list, judging from his most recent Tweets, despite earlier reports that the Eagles don't seem to have mutual feelings when it comes to Burress.
Burress posted "What's up Philly?" on Thursday before going on to say that he's been hanging out with Eagles wideout DeShawn Jackson -- who is apparently "mad funny" -- and that he's ready to sign with the Eagles as soon as they will have him.
SB Nation's Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation believes it's probably a joke, at least the part about Burress wanting to sign with Philadelphia as soon as the lockout ends, but Pro Football Talk's Gregg Rosenthal isn't as skeptical.
Either way, the Burress tweets involving the Eagles are interesting to look through if nothing else.
Plaxico Burress had two long and lonely years to think about the night that changed his life.
On Friday, November 28, 2008, fresh off a Super Bowl upset for the ages, the New York Giants' star wide receiver suffered an self-inflicted gunshot wound to his right thigh while partying at the New York City nightclub, LQ. The following Monday Burress turned himself into NYPD custody.
Ten months later, after being cut by the team for which he delivered a Super Bowl, Burress was sentenced to two years in prison for two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of reckless endangerment. Suddenly, he had not only lost his dream, but also his freedom.
"Everything just happened so fast," Burress said in his first interview with NFL.com since the ruling. "To go on the other side of that wall, and be on the inside of that fence, knowing what your world and your life is supposed to be like on the other side. And when they close that door behind you, you say to yourself ‘Is this really serious?'"
"Everything that you had was just taken away from you. Just that quick. It was unexplainable."
During his incarceration, Burress was forced to battle the constant misery that comes from a good life spent wasting away. Isolated and troubled, the former-Pro Bowler credits those that supported him for keeping him afloat during the dark times.
"Tony Dungy reached out to me. A few guys from the Giants came to see me -- Brandon Jacobs, Osi Umenyiora, David Tyree, Gibril Wilson, Amani Toomer, Michael Strahan," Burress emotionally explained. "It was just good to see those guys. Me being in that situation, at the lowest point of my life, and to have those guys support me, it really meant a lot."
Two years is a long time to spend away from the game. Despite that, after being released from prison on June 6th, the soon-to-be 34-year old says he didn't doubt for a second that he would one day resume his dream of playing in the National Football League.
"At no time did I ever think my career was over. I was destined and determined to get back," Burress said. "Where else would you rather be on NFL Sundays than coming out of the tunnel to perform in front of millions of people?"
Time will time whether Burress' wish will come true. Though, it likely could not have come at a better time. Without question, Michael Vick's post-incarceration resurgence during the 2010-2011 season will stick in the minds of general managers questioning whether to take a flyer on the 6'5" former-standout.
But until then, Burress is treasuring his renewed sense of freedom, and trying desperately to make up for lost time. Immediately after being released, the beloved father and husband rejoined the family that he had missed so desperately.
"It was an out-of-body experience going through everything," Burress passionately explained. "And just to walk out of that gate and be a free man, it was a feeling that I can't even put into words."
Philly.com throws cold water on recent rumors that wide receiver Plaxico Burress could be headed to Philadelphia:
As for Burress and the Eagles' interest in the 33-year-old, it isn't likely to amount to much of anything.
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.
The amount of speculation about Burress has been way out of line with his actual likely impact on the field. Philly.com notes that, for all the talk about Burress, he remains a low priority for most NFL teams. As he should be - yes, he was once an exciting player, but now he's 33, an age when most receivers are past their prime, and he's spent two years away from the game.
On top of that, the Burress-to-the-Eagles made about as much sense as the Burress-to-the-Steelers rumors that came out a couple weeks back, which is to say not much. The Eagles have two good young receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, plus a good receiving running back in LeSean McCoy and a receiving tight end in Brent Celek. There's just no need for Burress in Philadelphia, except as a role player. So if the Eagles can get him on the cheap, then fine, but if not, there's no reason for them to sign him.
When looking at where former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress will land following his release from prison, the Philadelphia Eagles have continually come up as an option. One of the very few dissenters in Burress-to-the-Eagles was Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirier.
The good news is for Eagles fans who want Burress is that McLane has flipped the script. He's now saying there's interest there from the Eagles side.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had a chance to decline the team's interest in Burress but declined, instead suggesting that, if the Eagles were to sign Burress, they would go through a similar evaluation as they did with QB Michael Vick, who was also exiting prison when Philly signed him. Via Philly.com:
"We evaluate case by case. It involved a lot of research into Michael - what kind of teammate he was. What his motivations were. How much he cared for the game," Lurie said. "We've shown we'll take chances if it's warranted."
So Burress to Philly isn't so crazy after all, despite what the AP says. The only thing we need now is to end the lockout so some team can actually make a move on him.
Did you hear the rumor about Plaxico Burress joining the Eagles? Yes? No? It really doesn't matter, because it appears that Philadelphia is not terribly interested in the recently-freed wide receiver.
Of course, management can change its mind between now and the beginning of the 2011 season. Or 2012 season. or whenever they start playing football again.
The age concerns are probably not exaggerated here. There are plenty of examples of how quickly older receivers can fall off, even when they haven't spent time in jail. Also, Burress would be by far the oldest wide receiver on the Eagles roster. The next-oldest would be Jason Avant, who's five years younger than Plax.
Still, the number of years that has to concern the Eagles or other teams that would consider Burress still has to be "three." Assuming there's a 2011 season, it will have been almost three years since Burress has taken a snap in professional football. You've got to think that's part of Philadelphia's calculation here.
Ever since former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress was released from prison earlier this week we've been trying to identify which teams will pursue him. The top two teams in the mix appear to be the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams, although that can be debated.
So could Burress remain in New York playing football? Anything's possible but, according to the NY Daily News, Burress wants to get out of the city.
Several people who have spoken to him in recent months say Burress knows he needs to get away from New York, where he's known as much for catching the game-winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII as he is for shooting himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub nearly 10 months later.
This makes a lot of sense. Burress does, as his friend and former teammate RB Brandon Jacobs said, need a fresh start. New York is not the place to get that.
Of course, if the Jets offer the most money...
Now that former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress is out of prison it's time to take a look at where he'll land. The oddsmakers believe the Philadelphia Eagles are the best shot and their theory wasn't hurt when Burress exited an upstate New York prison on Monday with a Philadelphia Phillies hat on.
That said, Clark Judge of CBSSports.com wrote a story on Tuesday morning citing several reasons why Burress won't be a Bird.
It never happened, and I'd be surprised if anything becomes of this Burress-to-Philadelphia rumor, too. That doesn't mean it's impossible. It just means the odds are against it, and talking to GMs and coaches throughout the league tells me why for three reasons: 1) age, 2) skills and 3) money.
In the end, though, it won't be about the scar on his leg or the number of times he's been pulled over for windows too tinted that keeps him out of New England. It will be the fact he doesn't bring enough to the table.
We're still in the speculative stages of figuring out where Burress will land so plenty of things can (and probably will) change.
Plaxico Burress was released from prison on Monday, and now becomes a free agent, free to sign with any team in the NFL. But before we start speculating, let's relive one of his greatest hits... Plus: The best rivalry in sports, a note on LeBron, Lady Gaga, and Chris Rock on staying out of trouble.
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Apparently the Philadelphia Eagles are the favorite to sign recently released WR Plaxico Burress. The former New York Giants WR exited an upstate New York prison on Monday morning after a nearly two-year sentence for violating New York gun laws.
BetOnline.com has come out with the latest odds on where Burress will sign and atop the list is the Philadelphia Eagles. There have already been rumors that Burress would like to play in Philly so this doesn't come as a major surprise. The Eagles are followed by the New York Jets and Chicago Bears as teams that have the best odds of signing him.
The St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings come in as the fourth and fifth teams most likely to sign him. St. Louis, I think, would be a very good spot for him. The Rams were on the cusp of the playoffs in 2010 and giving QB Sam Bradford another deep target would help them immensely.
Of course, Burress' future depends on two key factors. First, what kind of shape is he in? He hasn't caught a pass since November of 2008 so that's a big question that needs to be answered. Second, when will the NFL lockout end? It would be difficult for a team to sign Burress and teach him the offense if the lockout extends into August or September.
So Burress is finally out but, thanks to the lockout, we'll be waiting to find out where he lands next. Check out another list of potential landing spots for Burress.
Former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress has been officially released from prison. Early on Monday morning, he exited a prison in upstate New York along with his lawyer and greeted agent Drew Rosenhaus before speaking with the media.
Burress called Monday's release a "beautiful day" for him and says he'll be ready when the NFL lockout is over.
"I'd like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement," he said. "I'd like to thank all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support. As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I'll be ready."
Whether he'll be ready or not is yet to be decided. Burress hasn't caught a pass since November of 2008 after spending nearly two years behind bars on a gun charge. We're still in the middle of the lockout so he'll have some time to continue to get in shape in order to be ready to go whenever the lockout is lifted.
Rosenhaus told reporters he wouldn't rule out any team for Burress, including the Giants, who already released him. Of note is the fact that Burress wore a Philadelphia Phillies hat upon his release because the Eagles have been a rumored destination for him.
Check out SB Nation's Big Blue View for more on Burress' release.
Former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress is scheduled to be released from prison on Monday after accidentally shooting himself in the leg nearly three years ago in a New York nightclub. NFL owners and players are engaged in a lockout right now so he won't be signing with anyone right away but when the league is back, Burress' agent, Drew Rosenhaus,says many teams will want his services.
But "he will play in the NFL this year," Drew Rosenhaus, Burress' agent, said in an email to The Associated Press. "Many teams want him. He will be a top free agent. He is healthy and ready to go. He will be signed shortly after the lockout ends."
Many teams could want him...if he's in football shape. That's what will be the most important part of his return. He's turning 34 years old in August, which is old in the NFL, and he he hasn't played since the 2008 season so it's fair to doubt whether he can make an impact upon his return.
The Eagles and Rams are teams often linked to him though it's unclear if they're legitimately interested. A lockout lasting until August or September could hurt Burress as teams wouldn't have much time to sign him and get him acclimated to their offense.
However it works out, step one is done. He's getting out of prison. Step two is finding a new team.
It's official now: Plaxico Burress has been released from prison.
The former New York Giants WR walked out of a prison in upstate New York around 9:00 a.m (ET) on Monday morning and was greeted with a big hug from his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Burress had been in prison for nearly two years after accidentally shooting himself in a New York nightclub.
Burress now enters a football world much different than the one he left. NFL owners and players are currently involved in a labor dispute and the players are locked out. That means Burress can't sign with any teams right away. This could be a good thing as it gives him some time to see where he's at from a conditioning standpoint before preparing for free agency.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus was waiting at the prison when he walked out and, shortly before greeting him, addressed reporters. One interesting note from that media session is that Rosenhaus says not to rule out the Giants as a possibility. For Rosenhaus, he's interested in securing the best contract for Burress so it makes sense that he'll create as much competition for his services as possible.
So Burress is officially out now. Check out five possible landing spots for him once the NFL lockout is over.
Former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress will be making headlines on Monday as he's set to be released from an upstate New York prison on Monday. Burress shot himself in the leg in a New York nightclub nearly three years ago and was sentenced to nearly two years in prison.
He applied for a work release last year but that was denied so he's been waiting for this date for a while. Burress will exit prison as a free agent after the Giants released him. With the NFL lockout, he won't be signing with anyone right away but there are reportedly teams interested.
The Eagles appear to be the team he's connected to most often because he reportedly told one of his former Giants teammates that he would like to play there. It's unclear how the Eagles feel, though. The Rams are another team people have brought up as a possibility. You could also throw the Jets in there as they're connected to most receivers as well.
Burress' task once he's released will be to get back into football shape. With nearly three years away from the game, that will be a pretty significant part of his return. He's also turning 34 years old in August so the odds are stacked against him to be successful.
After weeks and months of speculation on where WR Plaxico Burress will land once he's released from jail, we have a few thoughts from Burress himself. New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs spoke to reporters on Thursday and he noted that he's been talking to Burress lately -- about once a week -- and predicts he'll be with the Eagles.
"It is pretty tough to deal with all those different combinations," Jacobs said. "Plax is a Virginia guy, Vick is a Virginia guy. They went through sort of the same things and they got a lot of dynamic players down there. It wouldn't be a bad thing, he thinks, to go down there."
Burress is released in just a few days (June 6) and then he'll immediately be locked out so we won't find out who is interested in him for some time. The first step will be seeing if he's in any sort of football shape and the second step will be seeing if the lockout ends in time to add another receiver.
Jacobs went on to say that there's no way he'll stay with the Giants while his teammate, DE Justin Tuck, says he's not giving up hope on Burress returning because of the impact he had on offense.
The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to be among the team vying for WR Plaxico Burress' skills once he is released from prison this week, according to a report from Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com. The report says that the Eagles have long been enamored with Burress, especially as he lit them up from the opposing New York Giants sidelines.
From talking to personnel sources recently, one told me that Reid has always been impressed with Burress' ability to beat coverage with his size and that he expects the Eagles to make a run at him once free agency starts.
The Eagles make sense because they've had success with reclamation projects before. You need to look no further than QB Michael Vick for proof of that. Plus, as the report notes, Burress played well against the Eagles while in the NFC East.
If the Eagles trade QB Kevin Kolb then I think it would make sense to continue to add weapons for Vick to ensure his success. Burress will be 34 years old in August so he would have to prove he's in the physical condition to play. If he can do that, the Eagles make a lot of sense.
Check out Bleeding Green Nation to see what Eagles fans are saying about this possibility.
WR Plaxico Burress is set to be released from prison in June and one the NFL lockout is decided he'll be seeking his next team. Some people feel the New York Jets or St. Louis Rams could be a possibility for him, which makes a lot of sense for both teams.
But what about the other team in New York?
Burress was a member of the Giants when his arrest went down and there's a thinking that the Giants could at least entertain bringing Burress back. Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com writes via Twitter that head coach Tom Coughlin likely isn't interested but the Giants front office is "intrigued" at the possibility.
The first question is whether Burress can still play. He'll be 34 years old when (or if) the 2011 season starts and, after two years in prison, it's more than fair to wonder if he has anything left.
The second question is whether the Giants even need another receiver. WR Steve Smith could start the season on the PUP list after undergoing microfracture surgery so they just might.
The third question is how the lockout could play into this. If the work stoppage lasts until August or September, there may not be enough time to bring him back, get him in shape and familiarize himself with the playbook.
The idea is, as the front office apparently thinks, intriguing. But I'm not sure it's totally feasible.
Check out Big Blue View for more on the Giants.
Former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress is set to be released on June 6 after nearly two years in prison. Once he gets out, the question will be whether he returns to the NFL. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said as recently as last March that at least a couple of teams have stayed in contact during his prison sentence.
So will Burress ever play in the NFL again? And who are the teams interested in him?
ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested recently that two teams that make sense are the St. Louis Rams or New York Jets. He wasn't exactly reporting those teams are interested instead suggesting that they simply make sense for him once he is out of prison.
On the Rams, they could use another receiver to pair with QB Sam Bradford in the coming years, so I understand why they might be interested. The connection is head coach Steve Spagnuolo's time with Burress and the Giants. On the Jets, the future of WRs Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are uncertain so they could be in the market for a receiver as well.
Of course it all comes down to whether Burress still has the physical tools to still be effective. He'll be 34 years old in August, which is considered old for a receiver and especially old for one that hasn't been on the field in two years.
First, Burress needs to be released in June. Second, the NFL lockout needs to end so someone can sign him. Only them will we begin to understand the true prospects of Burress making a return to the NFL.
Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico is expected to be released from jail in June which is about three months early from his two-year sentence. Burress, who was sentenced on weapons charges, will be 34 years old when he gets out but his agent says there are still teams interested in him.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has ruled that Burress would be reinstated and eligible to sign with a team upon completing his sentence. While the league and players are locked in negotiations that have cast a shadow of uncertainty over the sport's next season, Frankel and Burress agent Drew Rosenhaus said several teams had expressed interest in the receiver.
"The future is very bright for Plaxico," Rosenhaus said in an e-mail.
We'll see how many teams are actually interested. The prospects of an NFL lockout could potentially change Burress' plans. If there is a work stoppage late into the summer, teams may be hesitant to sign a 34-year old receiver who hasn't played a down of football in two years.
Burress last played for the Giants and former Giant Michael Strahan says it wouldn't be such a bad idea to re-sign him.
Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress' request for a work furlough was denied by the New York Department of Correctional Services, which stated that the nature of the November 2008 nightclub shooting was too grave to warrant granting a work release.
it was the second such request from Burress since he started arrived in prison in September 2009. He earlier that year pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
According to The Associated Press, Burress has a satisfactory behavior record in prison, having received one "misbehavior report," stemming from an incident where he lied about having permission to call his lawyer.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that Burress would be reinstated and allowed to sign with a team once his sentence is completed.
Plaxico Burress was officially sentenced to two years in jail this morning in a New York City court. As reported previously, he began serving the term immediately. More from USA Today:
Burress was accompanied by this wife, son and father to the hearing this morning. He pleaded guilty to a weapons charge last month stemming from an incident in which he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Manhattan nightclub in November.
ESPN reported Burress’ attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said it was “a tragic day for a decent man.”
Plax is eligible for parole after 20 months.
Plaxico Burress is set to begin serving time for criminal possession of a weapon today. The former-wide receiver, who you may recall shot himself in the leg at a nightclub last year, will be sentenced Tuesday.
Of course, we already know what the sentence will be: He plead guilty on August 20th and agreed to a two-year term, a year and a half less than the mandatory minimum had he gone through the trial process and been found guilty.
So, the next logical question is: When can we expect him back on our fantasy teams?! CBS SportsLine has more:
Gil Brandt, an analyst on NFL Sirius Radio and the former head of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, said Burress won't be too old for a comeback when he's released from prison.
"First of all, Plaxico is a guy who keeps himself in pretty good shape," Brandt said. "Lots of times guys get heavy in the offseason. He is not a guy who has done that."
But Brandt intimated it could be difficult for Burress to reacquire his football skills after so much time on the sidelines.
"It's like a person who has gone to college or high school and drops out of school for two years," he said. "It is hard to reacquire your study habits. I think it is hard to reacquire the work habits you need to be successful when you have been away from the game for two years or so."
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