Plaxico Burress: Power Ranking Teams That Should Add Veteran WR

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IAugust 13, 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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Accomplished veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress is just sitting around waiting to find a team to help, and there are plenty of teams he is still capable of helping.

Burress is 35. This would make him one of the league's elder statesmen at the position. However, Plax has a few things going for him that limit the detriments you would expect from a 35-year-old pass catcher.

The first is that his body missed two full seasons (2009 and 2010) while Burress was serving time after shooting himself in the leg.

The other is that Burress is 6'5". This is a receiver that has always relied more on his size and strength than his speed and quickness, and age is not going to make him any shorter—at least not for the next 50 years or so.

Burress proved this last season with the New York Jets, where he was still an effective receiver—especially on third down and in the red zone. He ended the season with a very respectable 45 catches for 612 yards, and eight of those catches were for touchdowns.

There is no reason to think that Plax couldn't do similar damage this season. Here are three teams that could use that kind of production. 


No. 3: New England Patriots 

The Patriots have clearly made upgrading their receiving corps an offseason priority. They added Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Donte' Stallworth to a unit that wasn't much more than Wes Welker last season.

These new additions did not stop them from bringing Plax in for a tryout, and it shouldn't have. While the new additions will greatly enhance the Patriots' ability to get the ball outside, they still don't have the big, physical receiver who can use his body to come down with catches in tight places. 

Burress would fit the bill nicely, and he, along with their talented TEs, would make New England absolutely deadly in the red zone. 


No. 2: Oakland Raiders 

The Oakland Raiders' most veteran receiver is Darrius Heyward-Bey, who is entering his fourth season in the league. 

The team's wide receiver group is not without talent. DHB made big strides last year, and Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore have both shown flashes of being dynamic. However, they could still use some veteran savvy.

Carson Palmer needs a security blanket on third downs—someone who he knows will be in the right spot, and someone that can go over and through the defense to make a catch.

The team also desperately needs his ability in the red zone. Oakland does not have an accomplished tight end on their roster, and certainly no one that has proven they can make a big catch in the end zone.

Burress could fill this role. 


No. 1: Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are set at the starting slots with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. However, with those two oft-injured players, set is a temporary state.

This makes the position of No. 3 receiver on this roster even more vital than it would be.

Kevin Ogletree is the only other receiver besides Austin and Bryant with an NFL catch on this roster, and he only has 25 of them.

They are filled with youth at the position, and while one of these guys may emerge like Miles Austin once did, or like Laurent Robinson did last season, why base your plan for such a vital position on this hope when there is an accomplished veteran like Burress just waiting to be signed?

The Cowboys have nothing to lose and everything to gain by bringing Burress in for a look.