According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia Eagles are the favorites to land former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who is scheduled to be released from prison in just three days.
Burress will be 35 years old and hasn’t played football since November of 2008. Teammate Brandon Jacobs reports that Burress won’t resign with the Giants.
Burress has expressed his desire to play with Michael Vick and the Eagles. Vick has also expressed his interest in playing with Burress. And FOXSports’ Adam Caplan says that head coach Andy Reid is interested in Burress, notably for his red zone ability.
However, let’s take a moment to consider what would actually happen if the Philadelphia Eagles did sign wide receiver Plaxico Burress.
The team took a lot of heat for signing quarterback Michael Vick. Even though Vick has now become the starter and has revolutionized his career, both on and off the field, there are a number of fans who will never forgive him for his actions against innocent dogs.
While Vick is one of the more popular players in the National Football League, as indicated by his recent success in the Madden tournament cover challenge, it took him a while to win his fans back. If we’re being completely honest, Vick would have never won back the fans if he hadn’t performed so well on the field.
Now throw Plaxico Burress in the mix and what you have is one convicted felon throwing passes to another convicted felon. Has that ever happened before? I don’t know but I would guess no.
If the Eagles sign Burress, they’ll be making, in my opinion, a smart move. Burress can help the Eagles win and he can help them win now.
But I can just hear the jokes now. You think it was bad for the Cincinnati Bengals when they had about half their roster arrested in a 12-month span? It’ll be just as bad, if not worse, for the Eagles because of how popular and well-known Vick and Burress are.
The better the two would perform on the field next season, the more the jokes–if that’s what you want to call the–will fly.
Prepare, Eagles fans.
Signing Plaxico Burress would be a great move in helping the team win but it would severely damage the reputation of the team, and it would land the Eagles a reputation as a team that will sacrifice character for talent.