Still awaiting more details on Plaxico Burress’ deal with the Manhattan D.A.’s office, which we know results in a two-year sentence. I would expect that, with good behavior, Burress would have a chance to get out sooner than that, but even serving 18 months would knock him out of the next two NFL seasons.
And if he’s coming back in 2011, well, from what I’m hearing thus far in regards to the league’s labor situation (and yes it’s still early), well, no one is guaranteeing there will be football in 2011 right now. So we’re dealing with a lot of uncertainty for sure. But considering that Burress was the only victim in this case — though it could have been worse — and the fact he will be serving his time, even at age 34-35 (depending on when he’s released), I could see a team taking a chance on him.
He has freak-of-nature skills, the size and speed. And sure, he may lose a step. But he should also be in good health and could have ample time to work into game shape before having to participate in a training camp (again, depending on the timing of his release). And, as has been the case, one would suspect that Burress would have to meet with Commissioner <strong
.Roger Goodell at some point after being released from incarceration to make sure he is in good standing with the league.
The intervention of the legal system negates Goodell having to suspend Burress from any part of the 2009 season, and I would expect the NFL to make some statement about Burress today.