Pittsburgh Steelers: Should They Bring Back Plaxico Burress?

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IJune 16, 2011

IRVING, TEXAS - OCTOBER 17:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a Jerame Tuman #84 touchdown with Plaxico Burress #80 in the fourth quarter at Texas Stadium on October 17, 2004 in Irving, Texas. The Steelers won 24-20.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Since the NFL Lockout continues to linger on, speculation is rampant over every little thing that can be considered.

So, that being said, why not?

Should the Pittsburgh Steelers bring back Plaxico Burress?

I am sure that there is going to be a line drawn right down the middle of Steelers Nation regarding the possibility.

But, to look at the pros and cons, I want everyone to look at the WHOLE PICTURE, before chiming in with their opinion.


The Steelers roster is already loaded at the position.  Hines Ward is still the leader and certainly does not deserve to lose playing time because of Burress.

With Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown entering their second season, why would you want to take playing time away from either of them?

No one even knows if Burress is still even going to be able to play at the NFL level.

If the Steelers sign Burress, that pretty much would end the tenure of Limas Sweed.



Plaxico Burress made his name in the red zone. I don't think there is a true Steelers fan that does not realize that the Steelers red zone offense has suffered over the last few years, since the departure of Plexi-glass.

With Burress on one side and Mike Wallace on the other, no team would be able to double BOTH. If they don't, Wallace will beat them deep, while Burress will out jump most others.

If a team does decide to double both, it will leave Hines Ward (or Sanders / Brown) and Heath Miller either in single coverage or open.  EITHER works for me.

Ben Roethlisberger has begged for a tall target since Plaxico left the Steelers. What better target than a man Ben already knows and trusts?

If the Steelers sign Burress, that pretty much would end the tenure of Limas Sweed.


Odds are, Plaxico is looking for a team that he can be successful with and everyone knows that team could be the Steelers.

IF (and that is a big IF), Burress is willing to take a "prove it" contract that is near league minimum and loaded with incentive based dollars, a return to the Steelers very will could be a return to the Plaxico that helped make Ben Roethlisberger's rookie season the best rookie season for a QB ever.