A lot has to happen before Plaxico Burress returns to a football field.
First, there’s that matter of a new collective bargaining agreement getting done. Then, Burress has to get released from prison, which is scheduled for June 6. Then, he will need to a convince a team to take a chance on a receiver who will be 35 at the start of next season, has a history of being a distraction to his team and hasn’t played football since 2008.
So while nothing has changed regarding Burress, the chatter continues because Drew Rosenhaus continues to do his job by keeping his client on the radar. Here’s the latest agent-speak from Rosenhaus, who visited Burress in prison Saturday and updated us on Twitter:
“Just visited with client Plaxico Burress. He is doing great! He is running & lifting weights 5 days a week. He looks in terrific shape. He is in great spirits and is excited to be reunited with his family on June 6th. We talked at length about his future in the NFL & he can’t wait to get back on the football field in 2011! He is mentally & physically strong right now and is looking forward to the future! He has set some great goals for his life on and off the field. Get ready to see him do some amazing things this year in all areas!”
It’s great that Burress is using his time productively by staying in shape, but prison shape simply isn’t NFL shape. Like Michael Vick before him, it will take Burress convincing a team he can still play at a high enough level that taking on his past and his character issues becomes worth the risk.
The chatter has led us to taking a speculative look at the potential market for Burress, but keep in mind we’ve got at least another four months before anything can, or will, change on this front.