Are The Redskins A Potential Landing Spot For Plaxico Burress? Tiki Barber?

By Kelso Carpenter

Hey, don’t blame me.  Blame Chris Cooley!  He’s the one who recently said in an interview that he thought Plaxico Burress would be an excellent addition to the Redskins if they decided to pursue him.

Cooley mentioned in the interview that, despite his age and, like most top-level wide receivers, his propensity for acting like a diva, adding Burress would be different than adding guys like Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco.  He believes Burress’ two-year stint in prison probably humbled him quite a bit just like it did for Michael Vick during his “time off.”

Adding Burress, who turns 34 in August, would seem to contradict the “youth movement” currently going on in D.C.  Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen drafted three wide receivers in April’s draft and when you throw in guys like Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Brandon Banks, and most importantly, Santana Moss (if he comes back), there doesn’t appear to be room for a guy like Plaxico.

That said, none of those guys are 6’6”.  None of them have contributed to a Super Bowl victory.

There’s no question that, even if they signed Burress and it was obvious that he’d lost a step or two, his presence in the red zone alone would probably be worth the investment.

Some might say signing Burress would simply be falling into the old ways of Vinny Cerrato and the over-involved Dan Snyder, bringing in guys that are over the hill.  Maybe.  But you never know.  Plaxico Burress could follow the same path Michael Vick did.  I’m sure he’s got a chip on his shoulder and feels like he has something to prove.

He has been mentioned with the Steelers, Eagles, and Rams so there will undoubtedly be plenty of competition in the Plaxico sweepstakes.  My opinion is this:  if they can get him cheap and he expresses the desire to contribute wherever he’s needed, I say why not?

And then there’s Tiki Barber. Don’t worry.  I’ll keep this one short.

Tiki, who’s 36 years old mind you,  is apparently interested in coming back into the league.  He’s been mentioned as a potential Steeler, or he could try to join his brother Ronde in Tampa Bay.

I’ll be the first to admit that Tiki Barber was a flat-out Redskin killer a few years ago.  Perhaps no other running back had more success against this team than he did.

That said, the guy is 36 years old.  Considering how things played out last season when Mike Shanahan brought in over-the-hill guys like “Fast” Willie Parker (okay, so not really that fast I guess) and Larry Johnson, I can’t see him pulling the trigger on Tiki.

Not to mention the fact that Shanahan and the Redskins drafted two running backs in April to go along with Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams, and James Davis.

So fear not.  Tiki and his new girlfriend will not be joining us here in the district.

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