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Detroit Lions Should Take a Serious Look at Plaxico Burress

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants celebrates with his son Elijah Burress after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Ian KirkseyContributor IApril 3, 2009

Plaxico Burress would be a huge addition to the Detroit Lions offense.

I am sure most of you are already saying "No way" or "Yeah, that's all we need, another head case MSU wide receiver." And I don't disagree with any of that. He would definitely be a risky pickup.

It is a risk-reward pickup, though. If he is cleared on the gun charges and allowed to play this season, he may end up being a steal for some team.  

Yes, if he comes to Detroit, there is a good chance he will end up being a flop. And if he goes to another team, he would probably end up having a very productive year. This year might be different, though. It is time for Detroit to get a bounce in its favor.

Bringing Plax back to a state where he made a name for himself may be exactly what he needs to resurrect his career. Some people might actually stick up for him, root for him, and rebuild his confidence. 

A three-receiver set with Calvin Johnson, Plaxico Burress and Bryant Johnson would pose a nearly-impossible match up for imposing defenses. All three big targets could not be covered.  

Having these three huge receivers on the field at the same time would greatly improve the quarterback's confidence. Even if the QB is pressured, he has three huge targets to throw the ball up to. Plus, Burress has a Super Bowl ring, and the Lions could use some confidence.

I know it is a crazy idea, and is probably not a risk the new management would ever consider, but I thought I would throw the idea out there.  

It is about time the Detroit Lions take a shot on something and actually get lucky for once. 

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