Plaxico Burress: Why He Shouldn't Join the Philadelphia Eagles' Receiving Corps

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIMay 22, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30:  William James #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles tries to take down Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on September 30, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have arguably the league's best wide receiver tandem with the talents of Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.

Beyond that though, they do not have a fairly deep receiving corps, even with the reliable Jason Avant and the rising Riley Cooper.

Rumors are now surfacing that the Eagles could be looking to give Michael Vick another weapon at his disposal with former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress has been serving time on weapons charges and will be released June 6.

NY Daily News' Gary Myers reports the Eagles would be "first in line" for Burress upon his release:

"Once the lockout is over, it would make sense for Burress to hold his own mini-camp and invite all interested teams to check him out. I've heard that the Eagles will eventually be first in line. ... Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and coach Andy Reid, having already been through the post-prison experience with Vick, might be in a better position to handle any public backlash about adding another former inmate. They could also help Burress with his transition back to the NFL. Putting Burress with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin would give Vick plenty of options."

Although the Eagles' offense can be nearly unstoppable, they could use another target for Vick, but that other target should not be Burress.

Burress is certainly a large option at 6'5'', but the question with him is if he could regain his speed. He never had elite speed, but he had good enough agility to consistently beat defenders and gain separation.

Plus, the Michael Vick story is the exception, not the rule. Most players do not regain their previous form after a layoff like Vick did.

Signing Burress would result in possible headaches because he would want more playing time than he would probably receive. The Eagles' top two receivers are clearly better than him, and a case could also be made for Avant. Burress would not play on special teams, which is usually the main assignment for a fourth receiver.

Burress would not be an upgrade over Riley Cooper either. Cooper is a special teams ace and a solid option when given time on the field.

The Eagles are not a desperate team looking for weapons and should take a pass on the Plaxico Burress sweepstakes this summer.