Plaxico Burress and Hines Ward: Should Pittsburgh Take Burress' Return Serious?

Joye Pruitt@hoopselectSenior Analyst IJuly 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress attends a press conference at National Urban League on June 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
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It has been made apparent that Coach Mike Tomlin is at the least mildly interested in seeing what Plaxico Burress would have to offer Steeler Nation.

It is a guess of mine that during one of the hottest offseason periods of this year, Tomlin would not waste his time meeting with someone he did not believe he could recruit or that he did not want to at least try to lure into the organization.

Burress still appears to be an on-field threat. His past woes have only proven that he is a threat to himself; however, there is a sense of renewed maturity that prison instills in some of its inhabitants.

Hoping that Burress has experienced some of the same enlightenment Michael Vick did during his stint in the pen, he was reinstated into the league and teams are making no bones about considering him a factor in their 2011 season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants are the two teams that seem to sit at the forefront of obtaining his services, while Burress is reported to have meetings schedule with Tom Coughlin and Tomlin.

The meeting with Coughlin seems to be put in place to primarily see where Burress’ head is and to mend fences.

The history that Burress has with the Giants’ franchise may sway his vote as to which team he would join, but some forget that he has history with the Pittsburgh organization as well.

Still, how instrumental would it actually be if he rejoined the team? Do they even need him?

Both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders seem to be all for Burress’ return, even though the two new kids on the block would be in place to lose the most playing time in his presence.

"You all remember the Super Bowl when he had the game-winning touchdown?" Sanders asked Thursday. "It would be good. I would welcome it."

"He would be a good addition to the wide receiver corps," Brown said.

Brown worked out with Burress over the summer in Miami after his release and thinks that Burress is definitely in shape and ready to get back into the game.

That seems to be the general consensus around the league, but with so many receivers already in place for the organization, would it really be the greatest thing for the team to bring in another?

As Burress would undoubtedly be one of the better receivers on the roster if a signing takes place, the two aforementioned young men would be riding the bench and if Burress succeeds in his comeback would lose a lot of their value.

Pittsburgh already has a reputation for getting rid of potentially great receivers, as they shoveled out Santonio Holmes for less than a gallon of Gatorade.

The Steelers may be setting up for a few key removals. Hines Ward’s position on the team is set in stone and will not be tampered with under any circumstances.

There is also the talk of the Steelers having to make a few adjustments because of their available cap space, or lack thereof.

Even though their movement has not been nearly as interesting as watching the New England Patriots shape shift in front of our eyes, Pittsburgh is doing everything in their power to return to Super Bowl contention.