As I reported yesterday, Plaxico Burress publicly stated he would like to play for the Carolina Panthers in 2012. Apparently, the Panthers do not feel the same way as a team official stated the team is not interested in bringing the 11-year veteran to Carolina.
In my opinion, it was a no-brainer to team Burress up with Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton because of the talent both players bring to the gridiron. I realize Newton already has Steve Smith to throw touchdowns to; however, Burress is a legitimate red-zone threat and it never hurts to add skilled players to the offense.
Multiple NFC South teams have reportedly shown interest in the wide receiver but the Panthers are not one of them. Burress wanted to play for Carolina because he would be close to his family.
“My brother lives right there in Charlotte, my cousin lives there in Charlotte, and all my family is there in Columbia, South Carolina,” said Burress. “It would just be a great situation all the way around and being close to everybody. Not just that, but playing with Cam, who I think is one of the top five quarterbacks in all of football, and as long as I can remember, Steve Smith has been one of my favorites. I just think it’s a great situation.”
Burress also wants to play for a talented, young quarterback who can make plays with his arm as well as his legs. Even though Burress caught 45 passes for 612 yards and led the New York Jets with eight touchdowns last season, he still did not show great separation and speed that teams usually like to see from their big wide receivers.
“I just want to put myself in a position to go out and have success and to make the guys around me better and obviously play with a quarterback who can really play the position,” said Burress. “It’s just about me picking my spots and seeing where I’m a good fit. You just look at a situation like Carolina. You can’t come across a better situation than that. ”
I still believe Burress can have a major impact on the field and help lead a promising team to the postseason. Whether that team is the Philadelphia Eagles or somebody from the NFC South remains to be seen. Either way I am convinced someone will take a chance on him at some point over the next few weeks.