Marc Sessler of www.nfl.com wrote that unrestricted free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress mentioned that the Pittsburgh Steelers is a possible team that he would like to play for this upcoming season. The 34-year-old receiver played for Pittsburgh from 2000-04 before signing with the New York Giants in 2005.
Burress would win a Super Bowl with the G-Men in the 2007 NFL season, and signed with the New York Jets last season after being released from prison for possession of a weapon in the second degree, and reckless endangerment.
I’m pretty sure that Plax has something left in his tank, and could be productive in someone’s offense, but it won’t be with the Steelers. This is a team that is trying to resolve salary cap problems, and probably won’t have enough to offer what Burress might be asking for. In addition, Pittsburgh is already equipped with a deep, young, and talented receiving corps.
Most importantly, what would make Burress think that team president Art Rooney II, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, and the rest of the Steelers front office would take a chance on him. The simple fact that Pittsburgh released the 35-year-old Hines Ward, arguably the greatest receiver that the franchise has ever had, should give Burress a strong indication that his chances of returning to the Steel City are slim-to-none.
Burress did say in Sessler’s article on www.nfl.com that Ben Roethlisberger is the main reason why he would consider returning to Pittsburgh.
“Ben Roethlisberger has always been my favorite quarterback,” Burress said. “People can say what they want about him, but the guy just goes out and wins. And he’s been that way since he came to Pittsburgh in 2004.”
What Burress said about his former quarterback is true, but praising Big Ben just won’t be enough to get him back into a Steeler uniform.
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