With Plaxico Burress due to be released from jail Monday, there has been plenty of chatter about the Super Bowl XLII hero and where he might end up playing in 2011. Burress’ name came up in not one but two live chats Thursday on NFL.com.
“I have Plaxico Burress on the mind,” NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks said during his chat. “He was one of the top receivers in the game at the time of his incarceration and I believe he will attract plenty of interest on the open market.”
Brooks believes his size and ability will offset the two-year layoff, and that the rumor of the Philadelphia Eagles having interest makes sense.
“He would give them a huge weapon in the red zone, which is an area where they struggled a season ago,” Brooks said. “Also, the Eagles’ receivers struggled against defenses willing to play aggressively on the outside, so he also gives them a big body to combat those tactics. He dominated physical defenders in the past, and I would expect him to continue to be effective against press corners due to his tremendous size advantage. I don’t know if it will happen, but it would be a tremendous get for the Eagles.”
During Steve Wyche’s chat earlier in the day, the NFL.com senior writer speculated on what kind of deal Burress might sign.
“Plaxico likely would get a one- or two-year deal with a two-year deal being the most likely,” Wyche said. “There probably wouldn’t be much guaranteed money, but there could be some incentive triggers included. He’d probably have to play for a minimum or something close to it out of the box with a bump in the second season.
“Low-risk, high-reward type thing.”