Burress, in great shape, plots his return to NFL

Plaxico Burress is in our studios today, and I can tell you he immediately passed the eye test. Brian Baldinger and Solomon Wilcots immediately noted and commented on his physical appearance, and Burress told me he’s sticking to a strict regimen in South Florida, and his legs feel as strong and explosive as ever.

“This is best I’ve felt in years,” he said.

Burress is spending his days at Bommarito Performance Systems, an elite training facility, and has been joined there by other top receivers such as Chad Ochocinco and Sidney Rice. He said the ankle issues that bogged him down in the past are long gone, and he will be ready to go whenever the lockout ends.

Baldinger asked him if he’s thought about how he will approach free agency — whether or not he’d take a combine approach, with one big workout for clubs, or whether he will make individual visits.

“We haven’t really thought about that to be honest,” he said, saying he and agent Drew Rosenhaus will figure that out soon.

Burress tried to laugh off the significance of him wearing a Phillies hat when he was released from jail, but from spending a little time with him it seemed clear he would love to get to play with Mike Vick, who he has known for a long time and who grew up near him. Vick gave Burress some advice for post-incarceration life as well.

The Eagles will monitor his situation, but they consider it very unlikely he signs with them. He is not a free agent priority and stands to make more elsewhere. The Bears, Rams, Seahawks, and Jets are other teams to watch.

My man Solomon has an interesting thought on a potential landing spot as well — Houston. The Texans have long sought a true complement to Andre Johnson. Wouldn’t that be something? Burress’ eyes lit up at that proposition.

He will do a sitdown interview with Fran Charles on the show tonight, and be with us on set, so definitely check out NFL Total Access at 7 p.m. ET.

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