Plaxico Burress: The Chicago Bears and 5 Other Possible Landing Spots

Michael KimbleContributor IIIJune 25, 2011

Plaxico Burress: The Chicago Bears and 5 Other Possible Landing Spots

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    While many teams will not want to touch Plaxico Burress due to his age and his recent inactivity in the NFL, Burress is still a top free agent when NFL free agency resumes.

    Just having returned from prison, Burress hasn't played football since 2008, but that doesn't mean he won't be valuable to an NFL team. Since it is clear that the Giants do not want him, another team will likely take a chance on him, likely a team that will need a receiver.

    This article will look at some of the top teams that may look into bringing in Plaxico Burress.

Chicago Bears

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    The Bears are a team that have been known to pick up top free agents, especially in the last two years. They picked up Jay Cutler in 2009 and Julius Peppers in 2010, both of which were considered among the most valuable players available in free agency.

    While the Bears have a stout defense, their offense frequently struggles, particularly the passing game, and this could be largely due to the lack of a star receiver.

    While Johnny Knox has shown potential, he is certainly not elite yet, and while Devin Hester is an excellent return man, his receiving skills can be lacking.

    Plaxico Burress could be a temporary solution for the Bears at wide receiver, while Knox and some of their other younger receivers are developing.

Washington Redskins

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    The Redskins are another team that frequently dips into free agency, and Plaxico Burress fits their needs.

    The Redskins have one of the weakest wide receiving corps in the NFL, which was a large reason why Donovan McNabb wasn't successful.

    Like the Bears, they have a few potential projects in Anthony Armstrong and Brandon Banks, but they need a playmaking receiver to help jump start their offense, and Burress could be a good solution.

St. Louis Rams

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    The Rams are developing a young quarterback in Sam Bradford, but they don't have a lot of great receivers for him to throw to.

    Plaxico Burress could serve as a veteran leader to the Rams offense, and a possible mentor to up and coming receivers like Danny Amendola.

    Although sitting at 1-15 just two years ago, the Rams show a lot of promise, but they are still a work in progress, and Burress may be able to help them reach their potential.

Cincinnatti Bengals

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    The Bengals may not have an immediate need for a receiver, but they have a recent history of bringing in troubled athletes who are looking for a fresh start (i.e. Pacman Jones and Terrell Owens).

    They also are bringing in a rookie quarterback and a rookie wide receiver who look to be the future of the Bengals.

    Burress could help mentor a young receiver in A.J. Green and could also help make Andy Dalton's rookie season a little easier.

Minnesota Vikings

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    The Vikings are an aging team, so adding another veteran player might not necessarily be what they need.

    However, if the Vikings lose Sidney Rice in free agency, they all of a sudden may have a giant gap in wide receiver that they will need to fill, and Plaxico Burress could be a good solution, even if temporary.

Oakland Raiders

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    This could be a longshot, but the Raiders are an improving team that could use another weapon on offense.

    Although their receiving corps isn't bad, it could certainly be improved on, and Plaxico Burress could provide a good veteran presence on another up and coming team.