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If the Steelers bring Burress back after seven years, it would be reminiscent of Mickey saying to Rocky during Rocky II, "Ah, the prodigal son returns."
Of course, Burgess Meredith pronounced it "retoins."
With each passing day, it's looking less and less likely that Mike Wallace will show up for the start of training camp. He wants his long-term deal now and isn't willing to settle for the $2.74 million one-year tender, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN (h/t ProFootballTalk).
Wallace could sit out the first 10 weeks of the regular season, sign the tender and still become an unrestricted free agent in 2013, according to ProFootballTalk. That's how bad this could get.
Burress couldn't replace Wallace. He'll turn 35 next month and has lost some speed. However, he's not old enough to lose any height, which is something the Steelers don't have a lot of at wide receiver. The 6'5" Burress could be a red-zone weapon in lieu of the speed that would be lost if Wallace's holdout lingers.
Seven of Burress' eight touchdown catches for the Jets in 2011 came inside the 20-yard line. After spending two years in jail, Burress caught 45 passes, averaging 13.6 yards per catch.
The Steelers let Burress leave as a free agent following the 2004 season, basically choosing Hines Ward over him. It turned out to be the right decision. The Steelers have won two Super Bowls since then.
However, if the Steelers are without Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders again fails to stay healthy, they'd be thin at wide receiver.
That makes Burress worth a try.