Kirwan: Vick’s influence could net Burress

For those who think the talk of Plaxico Burress going to the Eagles is unfounded, simply the result of Michael Vick expressing a desire, don’t underestimate the impact of those desires. So said NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan during his Tuesday chat.

“Mike Vick is politicking hard for him,” Kirwan said of Burress, who was released from prison last week after missing two NFL seasons while serving time for possession of an unlicensed gun. Kirwan added that Vick’s politicking will have an effect on coach Andy Reid‘s outlook. “Andy can see that the rest of his receivers are on the small side and Burress is a good red-zone threat.”

Kirwan added that Vick’s positive presence both on and off the field since his own incarceration would help empower the Eagles if they did want to sign Burress. “Vick has done very well off the field,” Kirwan said, “and this project is a lot easier — Plax will come in and won’t say a word. He’d just got to work.”

As for other potential landing spots for Burress, Kirwan didn’t think the New York Jets were a great fit. One fan asked Kirwan if the Jets re-signed Santonio Holmes, would they be better off re-signing Braylon Edwards or going after Burress.

“I like Braylon Edwards,” Kirwan said. “Mark Sanchez knows him and he made big plays for (the Jets) last year. He’s no longer dropping the ball like he was in Cleveland, and he’s younger than Burress. Plaxico might still have something in the tank, but he hasn’t played since 2008.”

For the complete chat, click here.

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