Pittsburgh Steelers Sign Veteran Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Plaxico Burress to help address their lack of depth at wide receiver, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Along with Plaxico Burress, Steelers also signed Brian Hoyer as their backup QB.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2012


The Steelers couldn't afford to wait any longer to address the issue after watching a pair of their wideouts go down in recent weeks.

Antonio Brown is battling an ankle injury that forced him to miss Sunday's high-profile matchup with the Ravens. In that game, veteran Jerricho Cotchery was forced to exit with a rib injury after a big hit from Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard.

With their statuses for Week 12 up in the air, Pittsburgh decided to bring back Burress to provide some insurance behind Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders. The veteran wide receiver was drafted by the team with the eighth overall pick back in 2000.

All told, Burress caught 261 passes for over 4,100 yards and 22 touchdowns in five seasons with the Steelers. He went on to play for the New York Giants—for whom he made a winning catch in Super Bowl XLII—from 2005-08 and the New York Jets in 2011. 

He doesn't figure to play a major role in a struggling passing game until Ben Roethlisberger is cleared to come back from an injury of his own. Plax will be the clear fourth option behind Wallace, Sanders and tight end Heath Miller until Brown returns.

The one thing Burress is sure to bring is size. The fact he was able to reel in eight touchdown passes for the Jets last season proves that he remains a reliable target in the end zone.

Overall, Burress is a nice addition for the Steelers given the circumstances. The offense has been ravaged by injuries, and he should provide a veteran presence capable of handling whatever role Pittsburgh gives him. 

That's all you can ask from a late-season pickup.