NFL Rumors: Could Plaxico Burress Be Dallas Cowboys' Answer at No. 3 Receiver?

Tom Firme@TFirmeAnalyst IIMay 31, 2012

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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The Dallas Cowboys will have a fun competition for the No. 3 receiver slot. Since Laurent Robinson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cowboys have had an uncertain outlook at the position. Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Kevin Ogletree are among those competing for the spot. Some might wonder if the Cowboys would like Plaxico Burress.

Burress has been looking to work out with a team so that he can jump on somewhere in the NFL. Unfortunately for the 10-year veteran, no one seems to be interested. According to the Miami Herald, Burress wants to try out for the Miami Dolphins, but Jeff Ireland indicated that the team "could be done" at receiver.

Also, Tom Coughlin dismissed any thought of the New York Giants taking Burress back when asked by the New York Daily News.

Some Cowboys fans might wonder Dallas could be a destination for Burress, who will turn 35 in August.

In an online chat session, Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News replied to a question about the possibility with as much enthusiasm about Burress as that which Coughlin showed.

Sherrington explained why the Cowboys wouldn't pick Burress up by saying, "Cost, age, effectiveness are all possible reasons. The team is building, not on the cusp. You're better off going with youth at this point."

As much as anything else, cost will prevent the Cowboys from signing Burress. Burress might want $3 million, but the Cowboys wouldn't put up that amount for him. Dallas had almost no cap space going into free agency, and they had to maneuver to get the free agents they wanted.

They wouldn't use up whatever remaining available money they have on an aging receiver.

Burress probably doesn't have enough left in the tank to be an effective hook-up for Tony Romo. He's lost speed and doesn't make all of the plays he once did. Burress did have the last two touchdowns of the New York Jets' comeback win against the San Diego Chargers.

But the overall picture of a season in which he had 45 catches for 613 yards and eight touchdowns wasn't that great. He periodically made plays, but didn't often make things incredibly easier for Mark Sanchez. Burress also had 70 yards receiving just twice.

The Cowboys will likely stick with their current lot at wide receiver. Signing another one—especially an older one like Burress—doesn't seem likely. Even if names like Ogletree or Holmes don't jump off the page, they'll be more reasonable possibilities than Burress.