Plaxico Burress‘ attorney, Ben Brafman, intimated to the media this morning that he intended to reach out to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to ask that any future league suspensions run concurrent to Burress’ upcoming prison term.
That is not likely, given Goodell’s track record.
Goodell usually lets the legal system run its course before he makes any decisions regarding suspensions. In Burress’ case, the legal process is just winding down. Should he do the minimum amount of time (20 months), he will be released in April or May of 2011.
By then, Burress will have been out of football for two-and-a-half years and will be 34 years old. Should Goodell feel charitable at the reinstatement hearing, he will fore-go a suspension and allow Burress to re-enter the league. Of course, then a team would have to sign him.
If not, and Goodell sees the need to suspend Burress for a year, a la Donte Stallworth, then Plaxico is in trouble. He won’t be eligible to play until 2012.
The big question at that time will be—who will take a chance on a 35-year-old ex-felon with a history of flouting team rules who hasn’t played a down since November of 2008?
The odds are not good, but then again, Brett Favre just received $12 million and his arm has been dead for years.