Plaxico Burress could be an intriguing possibly — in fantasy and reality — should he shake free of his legal problems, and Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris hasn’t been shy about expressing his desire for the enigmatic receiver. Morris told the Tampa Tribune that he would “love to see a great player come to Tampa,” without actually mentioning Burress by name.
Burress would easily make any quarterback better (see Eli Manning‘s Super Bowl MVP for proof), but that might be asking too much in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have five quarterbacks battling for the top spot. None of them are very compelling.
Josh Luke McCown is currently the leader in the clubhouse, which is akin to being the most talented actor on “The Hills.”
Let’s hope, for fantasy purposes, that Burress does not end up in Tampa Bay. He might be more productive from Rikers Island.
Don’t want to put the fantasy cart before the horse, but there are a couple of spots that would be better for Burress. Oakland is a gratuitous mention, but if the Raiders went with Jeff Garcia at quarterback and a healthy Darren McFadden at running back, that could be very good for fantasy players.
The Cowboys are another team that brings in wayward players. And with Miles Austin as the likely No. 2 guy opposite Roy Williams, it makes sense. Plus, if Plaxico could do for Tony Romo what he did for Manning, the Cowboys would be foolish not to consider it. But the Cowboys have been burned by Terrell Owens, Adam Jones, et al., and a commitment to the running game makes this move unlikely.
That leaves one compelling option: the Eagles. Donovan McNabb had his best year with Owens in 2004 (31 touchdowns and 8 interceptions) and would be an elite fantasy quarterback again. Burress would raise the tide for young receivers DeSean Jackson and rookie Jeremy Maclin. Plus, he would take some heat off injury-prone Brian Westbrook. And, to be honest, fantasy aside, Burress would be able to stick it to Giants twice a year.
Just stay away from Tampa Bay.