Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is reportedly planning on visiting former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress when Burress is released from prison, which will be in June.
Burress was serving a 20-month sentence for pleading guilty to weapons charges but will likely be released early for good behavior.
Burress is 33 and has not played football since the middle of the 2008 season. Since he shot himself in the thigh, ending his 2008 season, the Eagles have beaten the Giants in six straight games.
The reason for Vick’s visit to Burress is unknown but I imagine it will be to counsel Burress, since Vick experienced virtually the same situation: an almost two-year prison sentence in the prime of his football career.
“I hope I can pay him a visit,” Vick said. “I just want to reach out to him, talk to him, just congratulate him on getting through such a tough time. Even though it’s not the ideal situation, let him know there’s plenty of optimism out there for him. I don’t think his career’s over by far. You look at Terrell Owens. He’s 37 and playing like he’s in his late 20s.”
You have to wonder if Jeff is right. Although Burress is 33, he could have anywhere from three to five years left in his professional career.
If Burress did join the Eagles, he would probably be the team’s third receiver, behind DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, but ahead of Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, and Chad Hall.