In his return to the NFL following a two-year term in prison, Plaxico Burress started 13 of 16 games for the New York Jets during the 2011 season–catching 45 passes for 612 yards to go along with eight touchdowns. While the wideout is still looking for a team to join for the 2012 season, Burress has indicated at least one team he would like to join–the Carolina Panthers.
Burress discussed in a radio interview this week how playing alongside Cam Newton and Steve Smith as a member of the Panthers would be a “great situation” for him considering he sees Newton as a top-five quarterback and Smith has been one of his favorite wide receivers over the years. Not to mention the fact that Burress has numerous family members in the Charlotte area–so he sees it as an all around win for the situation.
Of course, just because Burress is expressing interset to join the Panthers doesn’t mean the organization feels the same way. This could easily be a desperation attempt by Burress to gain interest from at least one team considering he’s still a free agent and the start of training camp is about one month away.
After a surprise 6-10 finish in 2011, Carolina is one of a few teams that could make a surprise run at the playoffs this upcoming season–especially if Newton plays at a high level once again. With a young group of wide receivers on top of already having Smith, it seems unlikely the Panthers feel the same way about Burress–but anything is possible when it comes to the NFL.
Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for RantSports.com
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