We’ve discussed the Plaxico Burress story from multiple angles — from the support given by his former quarterback to how nothing has really changed regarding his potential comeback, and even an early look at the potential market for his services.
And none of it changes the fact that many will have to adjust their expectations as to what type of player Burress might be when he is expected to be released from prison in early June after spending more than two years there. NFL Network analyst Solomon Wilcots reminded us on Monday.
“He’ll probably be able to resurrect his career, but I’m not so sure he’s going to hit the ground running and play at the same level in 2011,” Wilcots said. “While he may be rested, he’ll also be rusty. I think all he needs to do is talk to Michael Vick, who will tell you that you can not improve as a football player while sitting in a jail cell. It will take some time for Burress to get right. I think the team that brings him in will have to be patient with him.”
Burress will likely get his second chance, but it could come at a minimal investment. Teams realize there’s a high risk/reward factor for a player with a proven track record of being a distraction who will be 34 at the start of the 2011 season.
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