Burress is one of the bigger names left out in the free agent market, but his age, along with the fact that he is just one season removed from a two year prison sentence, may be what is keeping him out of any organized team activities.
The Dolphins have made a lot of moves at the wide receiver position this offseason, and are hesitant to add someone who will turn 35 this season to a roster filled with young talent, especially if the newer additions develop within the offense quickly.
Plaxico’s age may be enough to cause a team to be hesitant, but it surely should not be the reason that they pass on him. Burress has had several off field issues over the years, most notably shooting himself in the leg at a night club in 2008. The speedy wide out served two years in prison for violating New York gun laws, and returned to the NFL last season to play for the three ring circus that is the New York Jets.
What the aging veteran showed last season, was that the Jets may have cooled a little, but he is completely capable of making himself into a touch down magnet in the red zone. Age aside, the guy is still a 6’5, 230+ pound body, that knows how to get space and catch anything in his vicinity.
The off field issues with Burress appear to be a thing of the past. Last season, under the scrutiny of the New York press, Plaxico appeared to have been humbled by his prison experience, and seemed grateful just to be free and playing the game he loves. That could not have been an easy thing to do in a locker room that was reportedly in chaos.
The Dolphins reservations make sense, but the team would be well served by giving Plaxico a chance. He would solidify the receiving corps, give a reliable target to whoever is throwing the ball, and would bring the knowledge of a championship winner to a team that desperately wants to get back to its days of glory.
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