Report: Pittsburgh Steelers Interested in Plaxico Burress

Cody NguyenContributor IIMarch 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 23:   Wide receiver Plaxico Burress #80 of the Pittsburgh Steelers can't hang on to a pass while being defended by defensive backs Eugene Wilson #26 and Asante Samuel #22 of the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 41-27. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports recently tweeted that the Pittsburgh Steelers are possibly interested in making a run for free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

This is not the first time that the veteran wide receiver has drawn interest from Pittsburgh. Last year, after his release from prison, Burress visited the Steelers practice facility during training camp before ultimately signing a one-year, $3.017 million deal with the New York Jets.

With the Jets, Burress amassed 612 yards receiving on 45 receptions and an impressive eight touchdowns.

While Burress would give the Steelers something they lack in a tall, physical, red-zone target receiver, it would be hard to imagine Pittsburgh bringing Burress along for a number of reasons. 

First of all, it is no secret that the Steelers' salary cap situation in 2012 is not ideal. Although many moves have been made recently, such as the release of Hines Ward and contract restructures, the team still needs to worry about retaining their own free-agent wide receivers in Mike Wallace and possibly Jerricho Cotchery, who has expressed interest in returning to the team. With that said, the Steelers would most likely not have the financial means to make a run for Burress.

Secondly, the outstanding productivity of young wide receivers such as Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders make the signing of Burress even less likely. If signed, his role in the Steelers offense would be severely limited. That alone makes him unworthy of the money he will likely receive with another team, such as the Philadelphia Eagles, a team he has expressed quite a bit of interest in joining.

Seeing Burress in a Steeler jersey again next season is a long shot at best, but hey, stranger things have happened.