Reports are coming out that the Pittsburgh Steelers have invited free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress to take a physical for the team on Tuesday. Burress reportedly arrived in Pittsburgh sometime Monday, and will visit team facilities Tuesday.
Burress began his career in Pittsburgh, when he was drafted by them 8th overall in the 2000 NFL draft. He played for the Steelers for 4 years, up until 2004 when in 2005, he decided to sign with the New York Giants. Burress then went on to play 4 seasons with the Giants before he was arrested, and put in jail for approximately 2 years for illegal possession of a firearm (While he managed to shoot himself in the leg). He then came back and played a season with the New York Jets, where he played in 13 games. Burress hauled in 45 catches while tallying 612 yards, with 8 touchdowns.
Burress was an essential part of the Jets’ success last season in the red-zone. His 6 foot 5 inch stature was brutal for opposing defensive-backs where he was simply towering over them to get to the ball, and make a catch.
The Steelers have a depleted offense right now, with Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich out, as well as 2 receivers in Antonio Brown and Jericho Cotchery. Receivers Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders will likely start Sunday when the Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns.
It’s uncertain whether Burress will be ready to go by Sunday, or if he’ll even be signed, but he would definitely be a big help. With 3rd string QB Charlie Batch getting the nod on gameday for Pittsburgh, it will be like old times for “Plax” when he was originally with the Steelers.
Burress has 3 seasons with 1000 or more yards, and 2 double-digit touchdown seasons. Looking down the stretch, the now 35 year old could be a key-asset to the Steelers making a deep playoff run, if he lives up to his name.
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