Plaxico Burress: Why Oakland Raiders Should Avoid Receiver

Sean O'LearyContributor IAugust 14, 2012

August 13, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen stands on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at O.Co Coliseum. The Cowboys defeated the Raiders 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
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With Monday night behind us, Raider Nation looks forward to Friday and another chance to see what's under the hood of this year's Silver and Black Attack as Oakland takes on the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale.

I'm saving my speculation on the team for at least four more quarters. It's never fun to watch Carson Palmer throw interceptions, but with the positive performances from the defense and backup running back Lonyae Miller, it just seems fair to wait a few more minutes before dusting off the old bus and throwing half the team under it.

Besides, the Raiders have a much more pressing issue and his name is Plaxico Burress.

Burress is entering his 10th professional season and for some unholy reason, he has been in the rumor mix as a possible free-agent pickup for Oakland. Although, an AP source reports that Burress worked out with the New England Patriots this past weekend, so maybe some other team will save us the trouble of even debating this much longer.

Speaking of mindless debates that we're all glad are over, ESPN reports that veteran running back Cedric Benson found a home in Green Bay. Time to officially scratch Benson from the Never, Ever Sign list I wish head coach Dennis Allen kept hidden in the bottom drawer of his desk.

If Allen is serious about sifting out the knuckleheads, then bringing in Burress feels moronic.

This is what Allen had to say to Paul Gutierrez of

"...We're going to look at any options that are out there that we think can make us better. Whether or not we make any moves or not, that's to be determined. But we're not going to rule anything out."

Maybe Allen is sipping the veteran-presence Kool-Aid, or caught in some Super Bowl ring hypnosis. Whatever the reason Allen would fathom signing Burress, it's hard to imagine it being good enough. 

Wide outs Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford have not established themselves as premier receivers just yet, but they do not need Burress in the locker room or on the field as a guiding light, or as competition. Medicine and rest will take care of the injuries and hard work will take care of a lot of the missteps. The Raiders have young, talented receivers. It is not time to hit the panic button.

I had a bad feeling last year about T.J. Houshmandzadeh. For what it's worth, Burress can keep his 612 receiving yards and eight touchdowns from last season. Prison sentence aside, the 35-year-old is not the headache Oakland needs right now, or ever.