With former Steelers and Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress now out of prison, the logical question becomes “where will Plax play?” We certainly don’t have any answers today (and thanks to the labor situation, we might not for some time), but we have heard some good rumors swirling around. In order to answer this question as best we could, we spoke to several different media members who cover several different NFL teams about Burress’s future. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown:
Why it might make sense: Burress could stick it to the Giants. In fact, Giants’ RB Brandon Jacobs spoke publicly over the weekend about how he thought Burress would end up in Philly. Also, Burress came out of prison wearing a Phillies hat. People love speculating because of stuff like that.
John Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer: Personally I would be surprised if he ended up in Philadelphia. The Eagles have three very strong receivers, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant. They have a fourth guy in Riley Cooper…who’s a big receiver and who has some of the same skills as Burress. The Eagles have a lot of needs, wide receiver is not one of them, and I would be surprised if he ends up in Philadelphia.
Why it might make sense: Like Philly, by going to the Jets, Burress could be making a point to his former employers. He would also seem to be a guy that Rex Ryan would enjoy having around, and he could help in the development of Mark Sanchez.
Tim Graham, ESPN.com: The Jets have shown over the last couple of years that they’re willing to bring in players that other teams might consider problems.” He continued, “But I think it only happens if they can’t re-sign their two big name receivers that they have, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, both of whom are free agents. So if the Jets run into trouble bringing back one of those guys, then I think Burress becomes a nice option for them to add to the roster.
Why it might make sense: The Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, was the Giants’ defensive coordinator when Burress was there. The offensive coordinator in St. Louis, Josh McDaniels, was on the staff at Michigan State when Burress was there. Plus, the Rams have a very talented young QB in Sam Bradford who could really benefit from a big target like Burress.
Bill Coats, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: I can tell you that the Rams don’t have any interest in Plaxico Burress. And any speculation about St. Louis being a destination for him is more than speculation; it isn’t going to happen.
Why it might make sense: They’re the Raiders, they love giving guys second chances.
Steve Corkran, Oakland Tribune: The Raiders have a need for a number-one receiver; they have a lot of guys that have shown they can be number two guys…they definitely could make them fit and he could make the receiving corps better. The things working against him are Plaxico’s age and also the fact that the Raiders have tended to shy away the last couple of years from guys who have baggage; that would be the overriding concern here…I don’t see him coming to the Raiders.
Why it might make sense: This was the last team he played for.
Paul Dottino, WFAN Radio: He doesn’t want to be anywhere near New York…I really don’t think there’s very much of a chance that he’ll be back with the Giants…People close to him have told me…that he very much would like to play with the Miami Dolphins. Tampa Bay is also a very good choice.
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