Plaxico Burress Signing a No-Lose Situation for the New York Jets

Eric HolzmannContributor IJuly 31, 2011

The Jets hope to see Plaxico Burress do plenty of this against the Patriots in 2011
The Jets hope to see Plaxico Burress do plenty of this against the Patriots in 2011Win McNamee/Getty Images

Plaxico Burress is coming back to New York.

Just not as a Giant.

The New York Jets signed Plaxico Burress to a one-year, $3.017 million deal this morning, marking the beginning of his NFL comeback after doing 22 months in jail for weapons possession. 

This is a good move for the Jets, who in recent years have shown they're not afraid to take a chance on players with a checkered past. 

The biggest question mark surrounding Burress is his skill level.  He is still 6'5" and 230 lbs, but he has missed almost two full years of football and at the age of 34 he is old for a NFL player.  While the two years off gave his body time to recuperate from the annual beating it took as a NFL receiver, those same two years might have taken away some the skills he had that made him an elite player.

Only time will tell if he can be close to the player he was before. 

There is also the question of his attitude.  Burress historically was known to march to the beat of his own drum.  He was often late to practice and wasn't always the model teammate.  However, I don't think that will be an issue this time.  He is smart enough to know he has to be on his best behavior in order to restore his reputation around the league. 

For the Jets this really is a no-lose situation.  They are taking a one-year chance on a player who has a ton to prove to the NFL.

If Burress can show he's back to the player he was before then they will have signed one of the best big targets in the NFL.  If Burress doesn't work out then they can just let him walk at the end of the season with no penalty.