All that wide receiver Plaxico Burress wants this season is an opportunity to play football again. It really doesn’t matter which NFL team he plays for, although he has stated multiple times that he would like to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.
But don’t expect that to happen, as the Eagles are stacked at wide receiver with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper (who expects to be back for week 1 despite breaking his left collarbone), and Marvin McNutt. There’s no room for Plaxico anywhere on that team.
There’s been some talk, however, that the 34-year old free agent wide receiver (almost 35 now) could sign with the Oakland Raiders, according to Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com.
Burress has hinted that he would like to play in Oakland, and rookie head coach Dennis Allen has not ruled out the possibility of bringing in Burress.
“We’re going to look at any options that are out there that we think can make us better. Whether or not we make any moves or not, that’s to be determined. But we’re not going to rule anything out,” Allen said.
The accomplished veteran wide receiver could help Oakland’s wide receiving corps, who do not have a legitimate number one wide receiver. Now, Burress is too old and not good enough to be a number one, but he could probably be the team’s fourth, or possibly third, receiver.
Right now the Raiders have a receiving corps of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Juron Criner, Rod Streater, and Eddie McGee. (The Raiders traded Louis Murphy to the Carolina Panthers last week.) Combined, those six players have 176 catches for 3832 yards and 14 touchdowns in 78 games.
Compare that to Burress, the eighth overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft, who has caught 550 balls for 8457 yards and 63 touchdowns in 144 games. Last season, Burress played well for the New York Jets, catching 45 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns.
Those are good numbers and I think it definitely makes sense for the Raiders to sign Burress to a one-year deal. He may be 35 (in a week), but he doesn’t quite have the wear and tear that a normal 35-year old does, because he missed two seasons while in prison.
As of now, the Raiders have not yet made a move on Burress. The NFL season begins in just over a month.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.