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NFL Rumors: Plaxico Burress Pining for Work Sad Chapter in Troubled Career

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystMay 23, 2012

After generating zero interest so far on the free-agent market, wide receiver Plaxico Burress has apparently taken to rattling off the names of NFL teams and expressing an interest to play for them.

Unfortunately for Burress, no team has so much as invited the 34-year-old in for a workout, and for now, it appears that his troubled tenure in the NFL is nearing its end.

The Miami Dolphins are the most recent team that the 10-year veteran has expressed interest in trying out for, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. However, as with all of Burress's forays to this point, the interest appears one-sided, as Jackson goes on to say that Miami has no plans to consider adding the mercurial receiver.

Miami has shown no interest in the likes of Burress, Roy Williams and Braylon Edwards. [General Manager Jeff] Ireland said he "could be done" at receiver, but isn't certain.

Earlier this month, Burress was interviewed on SiriusXM NFL Radio, per a report by Bill Williamson of ESPN, and when host Rich Gannon asked Burress about several teams that could potentially be landing spots, the wideout did everything short of begging each team to have him in for a workout. 

"You just ran off some good teams. I spoke with Cam [Newton] a few times this offseason when he was down here working out in South Florida. I didn’t get a chance to work out with him but I know he’s a very hard worker...Oakland, I’ve always thought that Carson Palmer has been one of the best deep-ball throwers in all of football since I can remember…The Miami Dolphins. I ran into Reggie Bush a few weeks ago at the Heat-Celtics game and he was just saying, ‘Man, please, just come down here and make some plays, and we’re going to have the receiver to go up and get the ball in the red zone and things like that.’ I said, ‘Hey, man, you know, when my phone rings, hey, you never know.’”

If Burress's phone has rang to this point, either it was on silent, or he missed the call. There has been zero buzz from Charlotte, Oakland, Miami or anywhere for that matter about any NFL team having interest.

It may well be that NFL front offices saw the same things many of us did while watching Burress haul in 45 receptions for 645 yards and eight touchdowns last year for the New York Jets. Granted, Burress's relatively high touchdown total shows that the 6'5" receiver is still a weapon in the red zone, but it was also plainly evident that two-plus years away from the game eroded Burress's skills in other areas.

His speed and ability to separate have all but evaporated, and other than leaping over people in the end zone, Burress has arguably become more of a liability on the field than an asset.

It's also worth mentioning that Burress didn't spend those two-plus years away from football studying yoga or soul searching. He spent that time as a guest of the New York Department of Corrections after being foolish enough to carry an unlicensed handgun into a nightclub in Manhattan and shoot himself in the leg with it.

Burress has paid his debt to society, but were he to run afoul of the NFL's personal conduct policy again, the length of his suspension would be staggering. Even before that fateful night in 2008, this was a player who racked up over 30 fines, two benchings and a suspension over the course of a four-year stint with the New York Giants.

But because he behaved himself with the Jets last year, it's very possible that once camps get underway and injuries start to strike, Plaxico Burress will finally get that phone call that he so desperately seeks.

However, as things stand today, the career of a player who was once a Super Bowl hero appears headed for a very unceremonious end. 

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