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This was the last time we saw Plaxico Burress, back in 2009. In 2011, he will be waearing a Jets jumpsuit.
Over the weekend, the Jets signed ex-Steeler, ex-Giant and ex-convict Plaxico Burress to a one-year, $3 million contract. After spending $10 million on Santonio Holmes and $8 million on Antonio Cromartie, this move definitely spelled the end of Braylon Edwards' tenure in New York.
Outside of his DWI, Edwards did everything right in New York. He made big plays down the field, limited dropped passes and was a more than capable blocker in the running game. Edwards will be missed, but his request for $8-10 million per season proved too rich for the Jets.
Regardless of how you feel about the fairness of Burress' sentence—I feel like New York mayor Mike Bloomberg was making an unfair example out of him—this is a football article, not a political one.
On that note, that fact remains that when Burress steps on the field in August, it will have been almost three full years since his last NFL action in November of 2008. To say that there will be an adjustment period for Burress is an understatement.
Many are comparing Burress' situation to Michael Vick's, but in reality the two are completely different. The only similarity is that both spent time in prison.
Vick went to jail just a few seasons into his NFL career and came out still in his prime. Vick is also arguably the league's most talented player and should continue to be an MVP candidate year in and year out.
Burress, on the other hand, will turn 34 on August 12. In nine career seasons, he has gone over 1,000 receiving yards four times and has two seasons with double-digit touchdowns, only one accompanying a 1,000-yard season.
Burress was not brought in to be the savior, or even to replace Edwards' numbers from last season (53 catches, 904 yards, seven touchdowns). He was brought in to give Mark Sanchez a big target in the red zone to go along with Holmes and Dustin Keller, both of whom have proven to be reliable targets inside the 20-yard-line.
Burress may be an older, slower version of Edwards and a definite downgrade, but considering the $5-7 million difference between the two, I don't mind having Burress instead. I didn't expect Edwards to return as the team's third (or even fourth) priority in free agency and out of the cheap receiver alternatives, Burress was my target over the now-retired Randy Moss.