With former Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress set to be released from prison on June 6th, 2011 for good behavior, there has been nearly just as much speculation about where he could end up once the NFL lockout comes to an end, as has Eagles backup QB Kevin Kolb.
However, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News recently insisted that the Philadelphia Eagles are going to be ”first in line” to land Burress once free agency operations are permitted to be carried out.
My question is if that is in fact the case, who in Philadelphia is Burress going to replace? Philadelphia appears to be fine at the wide receiver position, having players such as two-time Pro Bowl nominee DeSean Jackson, a rapidly emerging Jeremy Maclin and the generally sure-handed Jason Avant.
Certainly Eagles head coach Andy Reid wouldn’t rid of any of those three players right? Well, if they acquire Plax, they won’t have any choice and there are a couple of reasons for that.
First and foremost, Plaxico has been sitting on the bench for over two years while he waited to be released from prison. There isn’t a bone in my body that says he’ll be fine with returning back into the league only to ride the bench for whomever picks him up.
Plaxico is going to want to be slated as an immediate starter, and that is where the problem lies, although there could be some things the front office is looking to address if they would bring Burress to the City of Brotherly Love.
In 2010 Jason Avant’s production slipped, and he failed to reel in crucial passes in the end zone on two different occasions. Even though the Eagles are extremely fond of Avant, his overall production and fantastic work ethic, could they be thinking about cutting him from the squad?
DeSean Jackson already has a pretty extensive history with concussions as he wraps up the final season in his rookie contract, but his pros far outweigh his cons.
Other than his series of concussions, Jackson has also made comments in the past on the social networking site Twitter that hints he would prefer to be back on the West Coast: “In due time my west coast peeps." Granted that was during his second season in the league, though nobody but DeSean knows where he truly wants to be.
Then there’s Jeremy Maclin who really has been pretty solid since being drafted. In fact other than a week long foot injury in 2009 Maclin’s been stellar!
To be clear, I’m not saying I favor one player over the other. I’m simply pointing out the facts but in my mind both players are what helps make the Eagles who they are! So unless the Eagles plan on ridding of one of these three players I don’t see where Plaxico fits in. And I’m having a hard time finding any significant reasoning why any of these three quality players would be let go.
If you can think of any, please be sure to post it down in the comment section!
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