Now or Never: Analyzing All Possible 32 Team Fits for Plaxico Burress
It feels like an eternity ago that Plaxico Burress sadly left the NFL world, due to an accidental shooting in a New York night club nearly three years ago.
But here we are, looking toward Burress' release from prison, and for some fans it will be a welcome sight to see No. 17 walk out a free man, as he has successfully served his time and claims to be sorry for his actions.
However, for some fans, Plaxico Burress isn't welcome in the NFL. A select number of people feel that he has done wrong not only by his former team, the New York Giants, but also by himself.
Still, no matter what your opinion is of Burress, he himself intends to return to the NFL.
For those who are unaware, in a prison interview hosted by former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, Plaxico Burress made it clear of his intent to play again, by simply saying "I will play again" when asked of his future.
Therefore, it appears ever so likely that one of these days the former star wide receiver will try to enter the league once again.
But who would be willing to take on this troubled and controversial wide receiver?
Well, realistically, no one, and considering how tough it was for Michael Vick to sign with a willing candidate, Plaxico Burress may never play again.
While we are discussing it, though, here's a look at how Plaxico Burress would fit in with all 32 NFL teams, along with a little prediction of how his future would look if he was sign to sign with said franchise.
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As great as it would be to see Larry Fitzgerald and Plaxico Burress in the same offensive huddle, realistically, it isn't on the horizon for the Arizona Cardinals.
For the most part, Arizona have slowly become a rebuilding team. Since Kurt Warner's departure, the Cardinals are now focused on rebuilding their offense to its once-explosive state of 2008 and 2009, and more than likely aren't willing to take on a controversial, yet alone older-style receiver such as Plaxico Burress.
However, if you are looking for excitement, this signing would be ideal. Not only would it be great to see a mix of young and old in Arizona, having both Larry Fitzgerald and Plaxico Burress would be more than suitable targets for young starting quarterback Matt Leinart in the future.
But still, I just don't see it happening. Arizona has always been a team that has liked to stay away from tribulation, and if Burress was to come to the desert, it would place Arizona under quite a harsh spotlight.
Excitement, sure. But realism, no, not at all. Plaxico Burress isn't want the Cardinals need at this point in time.
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First, the Falcons lose a controversial player like Michael Vick, and then they gain Plaxico Burress? Boy, what a story that would be. Unfortunately, though, it most likely won't happen.
Unlike Arizona, the Falcons are quite a steady offense. They have a great running back in Michael Turner, a terrific wide receiver in Roddy White, and fast-developing quarterback in Matt Ryan.
Therefore, with this type of star power, Plaxico Burress isn't really needed in Atlanta.
Sure it would be nice to have an extra wide receiver, and one that could provide some much needed experience and physicality to the Falcons, but it isn't the type of signing that would take the fancy of head coach Mike Smith.
More importantly, Atlanta isn't the ideal place for Plaxico Burress to get his career back on track.
It's nothing against Atlanta, but the Falcons are the type of team that like to hang on to players, and build on what they are given.
Plaxico Burress would be an interesting signing for Atlanta, yet the chances of it happening are slim to none.
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Baltimore to sign Burress? It seems strange at first, but when you get past the obvious concerns, this is a scenario that very well could play out.
The reason that the Ravens may be interested in Burress if the opportunity was to arise, would depend on whether or not they had hoisted the Super Bowl trophy above their heads prior to Burress's return.
It's simple. Each and every season that the Ravens fail to win it all, they are always looking for ways to improve, so what better way to help their chances out by signing a veteran wide receiver who could not only help their offense produce touchdowns, but also coax Joe Flacco a little in the process?
I see no harm in that.
Now I know what your thinking, "The Ravens just signed Anquan Boldin this off-season." While this is true, the question of whether Boldin will excel is still a mystery, especially since he is now away from both Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona.
Perhaps the most important part of this possibility is that Burress wouldn't have to stray too far from his previous home team in New York. Seeing as though Baltimore is only a little further south, if the Ravens did come calling, it is quite likely that Burress would be interested in what they have to offer, considering what their future holds.
Say what you will about the Ravens, they have been making the most of their opportunities. Anquan Boldin and Terrance Cody in one season has made them contenders.
Rest assured though, if they don't get the job done, Plaxico Burress may become a viable option for them in the future.
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If Plaxico Burress was considering signing with the Bills in the next year or two, I suggest he consult Terrell Owens first, as we all know what happens to top-flight players when they head into Buffalo territory.
Okay, so the Bills may bring some good to Burress' career, but let's be honest here, could the Bills really offer Burress anything worthwhile?
It's questionable, but the most probably answer is no.
In Buffalo's recent past they have notably struggled on offense.
Seeing as though they are yet to announce a starting quarterback, and still have perhaps the ultimate running back war going on between Marshawn Lynch and C.J Spiller, Plaxico Burress may actually be dodging a bullet by not signing with the Bills.
If we are to consider the positives of this possibility, Buffalo would be the ideal place for Burress to sign with, as it would keep him out of trouble and away from the media a little in comparison to if he signed with a team like Philadelphia or Dallas.
At the end of the day though the Bills are one of the biggest rebuilding franchises in the league along with St. Louis.
Plaxico Burress could bring some good to the Bills, but he could also become a liability.
It would be a questionable move if it was to happen, but for now, we'll sweep it under the rug and forget about the possibility.
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Although the Panthers are a long way away from being a Super Bowl contender, they do still have an impressive offensive roster at the present time.
With Jake Delhomme out of Panther Nation, Matt Moore steps in as the starter, and has Panther fans chewing their nails as September draws near.
And where would Plaxico Burress fit into this team if it were to happen?
Funnily enough, Burress would fit in quite well, as having Steve Smith on the opposite side of the field and DeAngelo Williams as the running back would suit his needs nicely.
Not only that, Plaxico Burress could also fit back into the leader type role that he enjoyed so much in his time with New York, and could perhaps bring with him some much-needed experience to the Panthers side.
The only concern that does appear when considering this potential signing is Matt Moore.
Given that Burress probably won't be considering his options this season, or the next, Matt Moore must be a solid starter by that time if the Panthers are to attain Burress.
For Panther fans, some of you may not welcome Burress with open hands, but just consider the possibilities.
Not only is he a fantastic athlete, Carolina would finally have two ideal wide receivers to boost them back into postseason contention.
It's still a long shot yet, however, don't be surprised if Carolina's name appears on the ballot as possible candidates for Plaxico Burress in the future.
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It's kind of hard to envision Plaxico Burress in a Chicago Bears outfit, but the possibility of him heading to the Windy City isn't all that diverse as it may seem.
Prior to preseason football this year, the Bears were one of the few candidates willing to sign then-homeless wide receiver Terrell Owens into their offense.
Unfortunately, this ultimately failed, but the concern for a No. 1 wide receiver is still present in Chicago.
Right now the Bears see an all out war for the wide receiver spot. There are a handful of likely candidates, and with Jay Cutler still struggling, the need for a reliable set of hands becomes all that more important.
If the Bears were smart, and they are, they would fix this problem prior to Plaxico Burress' return to the NFL.
However, if the need is still a priority come the next two years, well look no further; No. 17 is a very likable candidate.
For those Bears fans that shudder at the thought of Plaxico heading into their offense, I suggest you don't, as this is the exact type of wide receiver the Bears have needed for many years past.
Not only is Burress a great deep ball catcher, he is also a great route runner, and with Lovie Smith's fast-paced offense, Burress would fit in extremely nicely.
To me this is one of the more likely options for Plaxico Burress, as it means that he gets to sign with a steady team, and will be kept on the straight and narrow.
Of course, it is all meaningless predictions right now, but the Bears are one of the higher regarded candidates in my mind to sign the former Giant.
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I hate to sound like my mother here, but don't even think about it, the Bengals are the least likely team to sign Plaxico Burress.
As if I really need to put forward the facts here. With Cincinnati already baring three extremely capable and high-profile receivers in Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and Antonio Bryant, the need for a veteran guy like Plaxico Burress is simply not a concern.
With this in mind, I will play with this idea a little. It would be extremely nice to see Burress, and all three of these guys on the same team, and it surely would be a great offense.
However, it simply won't happen, as Cincinnati is full to the max when it comes to wideouts on their roster.
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It's hard to reach a definite answer when considering Plaxico Burress and Cleveland in the same sentence.
On one hand you have the Browns, who are in need of some real experience, veteran mentality and most importantly a wide receiver that could put points on the board.
While on the other you have Josh Cribbs, who has developed into a very capable and suitable wide receiver for the Browns to have.
When it comes to how Plaxico Burress feels about Cleveland, nobody really knows.
Personally, I think time will tell in this situation, as if the Browns do excel in the next two years, Plaxico himself may consider Cleveland high on his potential signing list.
But would the Browns really take on Burress and his controversial resume?
Well, it all depends on who is coaching, but rest assured if Eric Mangini and Mike Holmgren are still in power, the final answer will probably be no.
For the most part, the Browns are back on the right path, and they don't need a wide receiver who has the potential to shine a bad light on them, and create off-the-field issues.
Therefore, depending on who is leading the team, the Browns may or may not consider Plaxico Burress.
If it is a wide receiver they need, sure, take him. But if Josh Cribbs continues along his impressive path (which he will), then the need will decrease significantly.
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Ah, Plaxico's once-upon-a-time NFC East rival, the Dallas Cowboys.
What can I say about Dallas? I know, they don't really need Plaxico Burress. Like Cincinnati, the Dallas Cowboys are already full to the maximum when it comes to the receiving game.
On paper, they have Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton, all of whom are top wide receivers to have, when it comes to the Cowboys future.
More importantly, Dallas have finally stepped out of the media, and don't need to return back into the limelight, and prevent themselves from winning it all in the future.
For Plaxico Burress, Dallas would have been a desirable location. We all know that Cowboys players are well looked after both financially and physically, and when it comes to being on display, there is no bigger stage than Texas.
Unfortunately though this is a move we'll probably never see, so Plaxico may have to resort to another NFC East team.
It would be an interesting Tony Romo-to-Burress link up, but the chances of it happening are the same as winning the lottery.
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We now step away from a team that is riddled with receivers, and take a look at the Denver Broncos who, like the Bears, are short a No. 1 wide receiver or two.
As great as the Broncos quarterbacks have looked in the opening two weeks of preseason, none of this matters in the long run, especially if Denver struggle to make the playoffs yet again.
Now, as aware as I am about the Broncos' struggles with wide receivers, Plaxico Burress may be a suitable option for this team.
Of course, a lot of this possibility does pend on how the Broncos perform in 2010, but if Josh McDaniels does find himself jobless, and the Broncos find themselves struggling in the quarterback department, maybe Denver will sign Plaxico Burress to spark their offense a little.
Still, there is the possibility that Denver do exceptionally well this season, and by gaining Burress, the Broncos may just backpedal their forward progress.
Whichever way Denver's season goes in the next two years will affect this possibility. The Broncos probably aren't the most likely candidates for Plaxico Burress right now, but we'll just have to wait and see.
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Finally the Lions appear to have a very stable offense in the NFL this year. Matt Stafford is the firm starting quarterback, Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith are in a war for the starting rushing role, and of course Calvin Johnson is the standout wide receiver from The Motor City right now.
So where would a guy like Plax fit in with this youthful and explosive roster?
The answer is nowhere; it simply wouldn't happen.
As much criticism as Jim Schwartz has been through in the past, he's turned this team around for the most part.
The Lions have drafted well on two consecutive occasions, and now find themselves possibly rallying for the third seed in the NFC North this season.
So I ask the question, why disturb this delicate balance that looks so destined for success in the future?
Of course, the Lions have been known to do this in the past, but right now a Plaxico Burress signing would make as much sense as Al Davis stepping in as quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. It is simply unimaginable.
Most importantly, I don't feel that there is room for two blockbuster receivers in Detroit. Calvin Johnson is the man for the Lions, and has done a darn good job providing for them in the past.
It probably wasn't going to happen anyway, but lets make it clear, Plaxico Burress is a no-go for the Detroit Lions.
Green Bay Packers
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Similar to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Green Bay Packers are stacked a mile high when it comes to the receiving game.
For any fan that isn't familiar with Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, let me put it plain and simple, these two guys are like two peas in a pod when it comes to providing points for Mike McCarthy and the Packer Nation.
But of course, sooner or later these two guys will move on from football, and unfortunately for Plaxico Burress, both Jordy Nelson and James Jones are set to replace them in the starting roles in the future.
Like many of the other teams in this list, Green Bay are never involved with much controversy.
They never looked at signing Michael Vick, and although they tossed and turned with the idea of Brian Westbrook, he is far from what we can call a troubled player.
Perhaps Plaxico Burress could bring forward some new beginnings in Green Bay, but to me he isn't the type of player the Packers go for.
Green Bay tend to raise their wide receivers young, and with Aaron Rodgers leading the way, this trend should continue in the future.
Historically, Plaxico Burress may have liked Green Bay, but I doubt he'd like the cold. It's a "no deal" on this possibility for now.
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As outrageous as it may seem to some, Plaxico Burress could benefit the Houston Texans immensely if he were to sign.
For you see, the Texans are a good team, but lack leadership. Andre Johnson is of course a fantastic wide receiver to have, and although Matt Schaub is continuing to impress all of us, there are only handful of experienced players in Houston right now.
This reason alone favors Burress. Plaxico has been playing the game now for eight years, and knows the ins and outs of the receiver position.
More importantly, the duo of Andre Johnson and himself would surely not only draw a crowd, but post points on the board.
Who knows, Houston may just win it all this season and become a top flight team in the league.
Until we find out though, canceling out the possibility of Burress to Houston wouldn't be the most intelligent thing to do right now.
Burress likes a good quarterback to catch, and the Texans can provide it.
Better yet, he may also find a friend in Andre Johnson, and maybe we can see a Batman and Robin remake only in Houston in the future.
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Sure, a Peyton Manning and Plaxico Burress combination sounds exciting, but let's be realistic, it's never going to happen.
Firstly, Plaxico Burress isn't the type of player the Colts normally go after. If Marvin Harrison couldn't make it work in Indianapolis; neither could Burress, so let's just count this possibility out right now.
Secondly, the Colts have a solid future in the receiving game. I don't think that I have to mention Dallas Clark, but with Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie all posting numbers on the board and developing, Burress simply wouldn't be needed when he chooses to return.
In Indianapolis Peyton Manning has started to call the shots, so who knows, if he takes a fancy for Plaxico, he may just get his wish.
However, I am no fortune teller, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that this wouldn't be a match made in heaven.
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For as long as I can remember, the Jaguars have never been big on the receiving corps. Jacksonville has always preferred to focus on the passing and rushing game, and that is still evident by today's standards.
The issue that I see with this scenario is crowd support. Given that Plaxico Burress would draw in a lot more spectators, he may not have the support that he needs to get back on his feet down south in Jacksonville.
The other issue is of course the quarterback play. David Garrard has worked extremely hard this off-season, but it is fair to say if the Jaguars do fail this year, he may be out of the starting role next season.
While Plaxico Burress isn't aiming on returning just yet, he may not consider a team that has quarterback woes, so unfortunately Jacksonville may be ticked off his list.
For the Jaguars, Plaxico Burress would probably be welcome. The Jaguars need a good wide receiver, and more the merrier, right? Exactly.
Jacksonville aren't known for big signings, but who knows, stranger things have happened.
Kansas City Chiefs
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The Chiefs are one of the many rebuilding franchises right now. They have a young and talented quarterback in Matt Cassel, even though he didn't show up in every way possible last season.
For the Chiefs to gain Plaxico Burress, some serious convincing would have to go down. Not only would the Chiefs have to be in great shape and form at the time, some obvious money would need to be forked out to gain Burress.
I think everyone can agree that the Chiefs could benefit from Plaxico Burress. Matt Cassel seems to strive when he has great wide receivers to throw to such as his time in New England, and Kansas City could do with a presence such as Burress in the locker room.
Like I said, some convincing would have to be done, but it's not like Plaxico Burress can choose any team he wants. If Kansas City looks good and everything goes to plan, I don't see why this move couldn't happen.
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Since the Dolphins have gained Brandon Marshall this off-season, their offense has been boosted up a gear.
In the past two weeks of preseason, the Dolphins offense has looked great. Chad Henne has been passing the ball well, and everybody appears to be on the same page right now in Miami.
Therefore, there is no reason to upset this progress. The Dolphins have one of the better offenses in the AFC right now, and realistically could win the AFC East this season, even though people will tell you differently.
Aside from this factor, Plaxico Burress just doesn't seem like a Miami guy. The team seems focused now on the players that they have, and don't really need any experience or new talent to come in and take that focus away.
Most importantly, signing a guy like Plaxico would probably upset Brandon Marshall.
We all know that Marshall likes to be the go-to guy on every team he is on, and most likely wouldn't appreciate a newcomer taking the spotlight from him.
Plaxico himself may have considered Miami, who knows. However, it doesn't seem very likely as long as Brandon Marshall is in Tuna Town.
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Yes, like other teams mentioned, Minnesota also has the wide receiver game well covered at the present time.
While it is unlikely that Brett Favre will be playing when Plaxico Burress decides to return, it is 100 percent likely that Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice will still be solid starters in Minnesota in two to three years time.
Of course, this doesn't totally rule out the possibility of Plaxico signing with Minnesota, after all it is well known that the Vikings have a love for wide receivers, but it does make it just a little bit harder for him considering the competition.
Statistically, this would probably be a great signing. Depending on who the starting quarterback would be, Plaxico Burress would be a suitable wide receiver to look after a young quarterback and become a reliable target down the field.
Perhaps Plaxico is a little too controversial for the Vikings coaching staff, I'm not totally sure.
However, Plaxico Burress in Minnesota isn't totally incomprehensible, as the Vikngs could use him if things go south in the future.
New England Patriots
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The New England Patriots are one of the sleeper teams to gain Plaxico Burress, as their wide receiver corps is impressive, yet aging at the same time.
When it comes to explosiveness, the Patriots have every area covered. Wes Welker is going to be fantastic for many years to come, but while Randy Moss has certainly been kind to New England, he is growing long in the tooth as each season wears on.
Therefore, this is an opportunity that Plaxico Burress could seize. If he times it right, he could simply replace Randy Moss in the receiving game if Moss retires around the same time as Burress returns, and while the difference will be noticeable, there won't be a massive loss in the Patriots offensive game.
It is also important to keep in mind that the Patriots normally consider each and every option quite heavily.
They are often in the talking for unsigned free agents or trades, and don't be surprised to see Plaxico Burress pop under New England's possibilities in the future.
To think of what Tom Brady could do with Burress is certainly exciting, so lets just hope this deal becomes reality sometime soon.
New York Giants
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We now take a look at Plaxico Burress' former team, the New York Giants, who released him in April 2009, due to his night club actions.
Let's cut to the chase, what are the chances of Plaxico Burress returning to the New York Giants in the next two years?
Aside from the fact that the Giants said they would consider resigning Burress, if you take a look at the Giants on paper, I'd say that head coach Tom Coughlin is pretty happy with his wide receiver corps right now.
But still, lets not forget that Plaxico Burress was one of the leading causes for the Giants 2008 Super Bowl win, that saw him catch a spectacular touchdown pass.
For the most part, I think every Giants fan was a fan of Burress, and still is. Therefore, perhaps by popular demand, we may see the No. 17 back in full flight in the Big Apple sooner rather than later.
The only problem that stands in Plaxico's way is what he has done. Michael Vick didn't exactly return to Atlanta, and although his crime was far worse than Plaxico Burress', the mere thought of him returning to the Falcons was a definite impossibility.
The other problem that stands for Plaxico is the fact that the Giants have moved on.
They are happy with their new team, and although Eli Manning still stands by Burress, he probably isn't willing to say "Hey come on back, and cut in front of these three other young guys."
Realistically, Burress won't return to New York. Not only would he be returning to the scene of the crime, he'd be returning to an atmosphere that wouldn't help benefit his rehabilitation.
Another team seems to be definitely on the cards, and Big Blue is more than likely the 32nd team on that list.
New York Jets
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If Plaxico Burress can't sign with the Giants, is there any chance that he swaps conferences, but remains in the same city with the New York Jets?
Personally, I'm not willing to rule this out. We all know that Rex Ryan loves to sign his John Hancock just about everywhere, and given the Jets' numerous signings this off-season, he may be tempted to be the one to give Plaxico Burress a second chance.
The benefit here for Burress would be that he gets to step into a team that is arguably a Super Bowl favorite for many years to come.
New York don't have a barrage of talented wide receivers, and while Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are good, I'm confident that Plaxico Burress could excel in green and white.
The best scenario to come from this is the talent that would surround Burress. It would realistically keep him thinking positive, and would also make him perform at his very best each and every game.
Say what you will about this possibility, it just may happen. Rex Ryan is a firm believer in second chances, and heck, he took a gamble with Santonio Holmes, right?
New Orleans Saints
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The Saints are arguably one of the least interested teams in Plaxico Burress. If I know Sean Payton, the very thought of possibly signing Plaxico Burress more than likely hasn't entered his mind at all this off-season.
For Plaxico Burress to land in New Orleans, a number of things would have to happen.
Firstly, the Saints team that we know now would really have to crumble.
Secondly, the Saints would really have to be in desperate need of a wide receiver, as Marques Colston and Devery Henderson are still firm starters in New Orleans right now.
And are these likely circumstances that we will see unfold anytime soon?
Probably not, as the Saints still have a variety of younger players that will go on to play for many years to come.
However, stranger things have happened, and if the Saints somehow wanted Plaxico Burress, it would be a suitable home for him, even though Bourbon Street is within throwing distance.
For the dreamers out there, Drew Brees to Burress isn't as exciting as Joe Montana to Jerry Rice, but it does have it's positives.
We all know that Plaxico is good for a touchdown or two, so maybe, just maybe, this will happen.
I'm not willing to go out on a limb and say it's a definite possibility, but let's just wait and see.
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Oakland's pursuit for a wide receiver is still ongoing, as they have failed this off-season to gain the likes of Terrell Owens, Brandon Marshall, and numerous others.
For now, the future in Oakland appears to be in new starting quarterback Jason Campbell's hands. How that turns out is anyone's guess, but if he does excel, he will need a decent option to throw to somewhere down the line.
That's where Plaxico Burress could come in handy. In the past, we've seen Oakland utilize talented wide receivers well.
When Randy Moss was in Oakland, he was a star despite the Raiders record, and while Burress isn't identical to Randy Moss, he does bare some similar playing characteristics.
Oakland are perhaps the frontrunners to sign Plaxico, as they need someone to lead this team to victories. It may not happen until 2012, but it is a thought to keep in mind for the Black Hole this season.
If the Raiders continue to play poorly this year, than the likelihood of Burress visiting Oakland for some discussions will certainly become overemphasized.
Jason Campbell may excel, but for Oakland to really do well, a receiver like Plaxico Burress would be nice, as they did rank 16th in pass yards last season.
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Although there doesn't appear to be room in Philadelphia for Plaxico Burress, with DeSean Jackson being the favored wide receiver, there is some opportunity for the former Giants star to sign with his past NFC East rival.
The potential here is simple. Give young Kevin Kolb even more targets to throw to, rather than just relying on DeSean Jackson to do the majority of the work on every drive.
Of course, there would be some scrutiny to follow if Plaxico was to sign with his former rivals, however it would surely be forgotten as time goes on.
So what could Plaxico Burress bring to The City of Brotherly Love?
Well aside from a few touchdowns, he could also become one of the few veteran players on the Eagles roster, and may also be able to provide an insight into Tom Coughlin's game plans for the double occasion that the Eagles meet the Giants annually.
This move may not be favored by all Eagle supporters, after all they are sick and tired of controversial receivers. But just think of the outcome if Burress was to excel in Philadelphia.
It sure would be worthwhile to see Kevin Kolb have that extra reliable target to pass to in the future.
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For those that are unaware, the Pittsburgh Steelers were Plaxico Burress' first team when he entered the NFL in 2000.
During Plaxico's time in Pittsburgh, he developed into a steady receiver. He learned the tools of the trade, and then went on to New York as a very stable and consistent wide receiver.
But that was in the past, and now, times have changed in Pittsburgh. However, perhaps this favors Plaxico Burress, as the Steelers now find themselves a wide receiver short from what used to be a very impressive offense.
Since Santonio Holmes departed for New York, the Steelers have had question marks on offense.
Of course Hines Ward is still on the team, there is some concern coming from the other receiving spot, as the Steelers are now short of another No. 1 target.
Not only is this a prime opportunity for Plaxico to take, it is also a chance for him to make a name for himself back at his old team, and prove that he still has what it takes.
Much of this will come down to what the Rooney Family decides, but still, don't close the gates on this deal just yet, it could just happen, especially considering that Ben Roethlisberger loves the deep ball, and would love another receiver to complement his ability.
St. Louis Rams
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We all know that the Rams are taking the necessary steps to rebuild their franchise, but they are missing an excessive amount of talent to make them an above .500 team again.
Although Sam Bradford's past two weeks have been utterly disappointing, there is a ton of promise still to come from this young man, as the Rams' offense looks to post a few more wins this season.
The problem that the Rams do still have though, is at the wide receiver position.
While Steven Jackson is a great running back to have, some receivers would be nice for the former Oklahoma star to throw to, and Plaxico Burress would be a suitable option if the Rams were to consider him.
For the issues, the only one that stands out is whether or not Burress himself would want to go to St. Louis.
If the Rams are still endlessly rebuilding come the time he is released and ready to return, perhaps the possibility of Burress heading down south is very slim.
Still, the Rams need someone, and if no one else comes knocking, Plaxico Burress may just take on the task of providing for St. Louis in the future.
San Diego Chargers
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The chances of San Diego even considering Plaxico Burress right now are very low.
Not only does San Diego already have enough talented players, Plaxico Burress doesn't seem like an option that Norv Turner would ever consider.
For the most part, Plaxico Burress isn't the type of receiver that the Chargers like.
San Diego prides itself on short receiver routes, and a strong running game, and while Burress may fit in with the Chargers, he may not be utilized to his full ability.
Moreover, the Chargers aren't focused right now on signing a receiver. San Diego does have bigger fish to fry, such as getting off to a hot start in 2010, and aren't at all focused on what may lay ahead in the next year or two.
There is the off chance that this does happen, but for now, it doesn't seem likely.
San Francisco 49ers
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Like San Diego, I don't see Plaxico Burress heading west to San Francisco anytime soon.
Firstly, the 49ers offense is functioning just fine. They've looked good in preseason, and even though they don't have extremely talented wide receivers, Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn Jr., and Co. are all suitable targets for Alex Smith.
Secondly, the 49ers are walking a fine line right now. Sure they looked good in preseason so far, but we all know this is meaningless.
Last season the 49ers struggled, particularly when Alex Smith was rushed, and by adding a wide receiver like Plaxico Burress, it may just rock the boat a little too much.
If the 49ers were a very solid team right now, this would be a possibility. However, a wide receiver such as Burress isn't what they need right now, and Mike Singletary isn't the type of coach to seek a controversial player.
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Although the Seahawks' wide receivers aren't the most talented in the league, Seattle do have enough to fulfill Matt Hasselbeck's needs right now.
With T.J Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch both playing strong, the addition of Plaxico Burress isn't really necessary, as the Seahawks already have enough hands as it is.
To add even more salt to the wound, the Seahawks also acquired Golden Tate in the NFL Draft, only further adding more depth to the receiving game.
The other issue that would arise if this move was to happen, would be Matt Hasselbeck's accuracy. Could he successfully deliver the ball to all of these talented guys? Or would he continue to struggle like he did in 2009?
These are all questions no one has an answer for, but when it comes to Plaxico Burress heading west to the Seattle Seahawks, I wouldn't bet on it, like Mike Singletary, Pete Carroll isn't one to take on board a once-troubled player.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Funnily enough, Tampa Bay is one of the sleeper picks that could take on board Plaxico Burress in the future.
Looking at Tampa Bay's offense, they do have a solid quarterback now in Josh Freeman, and with Cadillac Williams still moving along nicely, a No. 1 wide receiver could complete this trio that is destined for success.
In the past, Tampa Bay's offense has always needed a reliable wide receiver.
Antonio Bryant did provide this last season, but he wasn't always as consistent as Bucs fans had hoped, and often was a little undisciplined on the field.
When it comes to players looking to sign somewhere, it is often the team that no one thinks of, that the player winds up playing for.
Tampa Bay would fall into that category when it comes to Plaxico Burress, so just keep your ears open, it may just happen.
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I'm not totally sold on the possibility of Plaxico Burress heading to Tennessee, but the more I think of the Vince Young combination, the more idea's I get in relation to the scenario.
While some may say that since Chris Johnson has become the number one running back in the league and that Tennessee has become purely a running team, obviously Vince Young is a decent quarterback, and has the ability to turn this offense into a two headed attack.
The only downfall is that the Titans do lack receivers, and although it isn't priority right now, they may consider Plaxico Burress somewhere along the line.
Of course, Tennessee did draft Damian Williams back in April though, so if he excels quickly, Plaxico Burress may not be needed.
Fortunately for Titans fans, Tennessee could take or leave Plaxico Burress. They don't totally need him, but it would be luxurious to have him on board, just as an extra option for Vince Young in the future.
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Last but not least, we take a look at the Washington Redskins, who are definitely one of the teams that are in need of a wide receiver this season.
Seeing as though we are all unsure of how Donovan McNabb may turn out this regular season, perhaps Plaxico Burress may be desperately needed by the end of this season.
However, right now the Redskins are coping without any overly talented wide receiver, and while Santana Moss is scrutinized, he has done well considering the pressure on his shoulders.
The issue here is of course obvious, Plaxico Burress would be signing with a former rival, although I think people would lose interest, considering Donovan McNabb has already done the unthinkable.
Plaxico Burress to Washington is one of the few favorable possibilities, as not only would it help the Redskins, it would also be a division with which Plaxico himself is all too familiar.
Mike Shanahan may not totally dig the idea, but he may need Burress all too soon if things don't go according to plan this season.
Who knows, the former Giant may be heading to Washington, and you've got to like his chances if that move does go through.