With Plaxico Burress mentioning in a WFNZ Charlotte interview that he was interested in signing with the Carolina Panthers, not only did the team reportedly slam the door in his face (as noted by Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer), but the team's No. 1 wide receiver also decided to lock the door up for good.
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith came on NFL Network and didn't waste much time by saying that Carolina doesn't need Burress:
“We’ve filled our chairs in the receivers room with already a lot of guys—young and older guys. To bring in Plax [and] to let one of those guys go it wouldn’t be the coach Rivera way. The guys that are in there, they earned those chairs for right now and allowed them to go through training camp.
We have some guys that are trying to make their way into the starting lineup and have a bigger role. Adding a guy like that would take away some of their development so I don’t really agree with it. Carolina has already come out and said they’re not interested right now, but he’s an exceptional wide receiver and can help a team. I just don’t think it’s the right fit for us right now.”
Right you are, Steve. Plax is not a good fit for the Carolina Panthers at all.
Carolina is a young football team that's being led by an extremely promising quarterback in Cam Newton. Newton doesn't need any of the potential drama that Burress brings to a team, nor does he need Plax's diminishing talent and sloppy route-running.
Granted, Carolina's wide receiver group isn't the most talented; Smith is considered a top tier wide receiver, but aside from that, the corps is filled with young guys that all have the potential to step up and make a real impact.
As we sit at the end of June with training camp roughly four weeks away, Plaxico Burress is still without a job—and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
Burress embarrassed himself even further with the Jets last season. He dropped a lot of passes and was nothing more than an end-zone threat, and quite frankly, might be a wasted roster space.
With that being said, I give Carolina kudos for passing on Plax.
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