Carucci: Burress over Moss, T.O. and Ochocinco

When the free-agent market does eventually open, a handful of big-name, veteran wide receivers — two with likely Hall of Fame credentials — will be available. If nothing else, it’s a deep group of options for teams with voids to fill, a group that will only get larger when player movement is allowed and other veterans are released.

When asked during his weekly live chat about which veteran receiver among Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco (who could very well stick with the Bengals) has the most to offer, NFL.com’s Vic Carucci made a somewhat surprising pick.

“I would go with Burress, provided he is in the right setting,” Carucci wrote. “And that setting is Philadelphia. He would make a nice red-zone target and be a good complement to their speed receivers. The Eagles’ coaching staff also has demonstrated it knows how to handle a reclamation project (see Vick, Michael). Also, I think Vick can be a positive influence on Burress.”

Carucci’s stance is that Burress holds value to the Eagles as a compliment to DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek, because the offense wouldn’t rely on his production but could take advantage of his skill set.

“I think there’s always room for a player that can help you get better in your area of strength — which, for the Eagles, is their passing game. I don’t think it’s a matter of Burress taking away from Jackson or Maclin, but rather complementing them because what he brings is different from what they bring. I think, in addition to Celek, Michael Vick would like another big, strong target that goes over the middle or runs the post pattern near the end zone.”
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