Agent: Plaxico Burress Will Be A 'Top Free Agent'

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.

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