Jaguars: Would Plaxico Look Good in Teal?

Daniel ShanksAnalyst IMay 19, 2009

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress winks at a supporter as he arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an automobile dealer over what he owes in damages to a vehicle supplied to him by the dealership. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Before delving into this topic, I want to point out that there's a very good chance Plaxico Burress ends up in black-and-white stripes as opposed to shoulder pads and a helmet.

Generally, I'm pretty jaded when it comes to expecting the rich and famous to serve any jail time when they run afoul of the law.  But it seems that Mayor Bloomberg is hellbent on nailing Burress' balls to the wall.

When you look at some of the other indiscretions committed by NFL players, I really think Burress' mistake was pretty mild.  Sure, you don't want athletes walking around with loaded weapons. But it wasn't like he was pointing it at someone or brandishing it wildly. He had it in his pants and it went off.

I wouldn't mind seeing him get back into the NFL after serving a brief suspension. I have a feeling that he will see jail time, but hopefully not enough time that would cause him to lose his skills or an opportunity with another NFL franchise.

Now that we have that out of the way, I was watching SportsCenter yesterday and saw that Plaxico Burress' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said that "at least two teams" were interested in signing the troubled receiver.

Would anyone be surprised if this was just a smokescreen by Rosenhaus to try and drum up some interest for his client? Of course not. Rosenhaus is as crafty as they come.

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But when I see a story like that, I can't help wondering, "Which team or teams would take a chance on this guy?"

At first, the Oakland Raiders popped into my head. After all, Al Davis is the Norma Desmond of the NFL (if you don't get that reference, watch "Sunset Boulevard." You'll see what I'm talking about) and he is crazy enough to avoid conventional wisdom, particularly when it comes to wide receivers (Darrius Heyward-Bey, anyone?).

After that thought came and went, I began thinking about how Burress would fit in with the Jaguars. Plaxico Burress and Torry Holt would make an outstanding one-two punch.

From a production standpoint, Burress is exactly what Jacksonville needs: a true No. 1 wide receiver with great hands and good speed.

In his four-year stint with the New York Giants, Burress caught 244 passes for 3,681 yards and 33 touchdowns. Keep in mind that he missed six games last year with his legal issues.

Burress is still a pretty young guy (he'll be 32 in August) and has never missed more than six games in a season. On the football field, he would make an unbelievable impact on Jacksonville's offense.

But, of course, his on-field production is only half the story. The accidental shooting is obviously Burress' biggest legal headache, but he's always had restraining orders and lawsuits filed against him.

In addition to the legal headaches, he has had various scrapes with his coaches. He has been suspended for missing practices and violating team rules. He has also been fined.

Obviously, the biggest deterrent keeping Burress from joining an NFL team is his legal trouble. But even if he gets off, I don't think Jacksonville is a good fit for one big reason.

The locker room.

Team chemistry and locker room issues were a real problem for the Jaguars last year. While the additions of Holt and Tra Thomas will strengthen the locker room, I think Burress would be a very disruptive force and could have a bad influence on the young players, especially the rookie receivers.

With a team like the Patriots or the Ravens, I think the players would keep Burress' antics in check. He knows that there would be strict consequences from his peers if he messed up.

However, Jacksonville doesn't have the veteran presence of the aforementioned teams. I think Burress' presence on the Jaguars would do much more harm than good.


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