Veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress is heading back to where his NFL career first began over a decade ago with the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Tuesday after watching the 11-year pro working out for the team Pittsburgh decided to sign Burress for the remainder of the 2012 season giving them yet another threat in the red zone.
Burress was drafted as the eighth overall selection in 2000 by the Steelers and played five seasons in Pittsburgh from 2000-2004 before leaving the team and signing with the New York Giants in 2005.
Following serving an almost two year sentence for illegal possession of a fire arm, Buress was released from prison and then signed with the New York Jets last season where he was a very productive member of the receiving corps. In 2011 Burress recorded 45 receptions for 612 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Despite going unsigned until now Burress’ reliable hands, size at 6’5″ 232 pounds and productivity last season drew interest from several teams however none of them pulled the trigger on a deal until now. The Steelers have one of the better receiving groups in the NFL but with Antonio Brown missing their last two games with an ankle injury and Jerricho Cotchery suffering an undisclosed injury in Pittsburgh’s 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens the Steelers could definitely use the help.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had the following to say regarding Burress, “Plaxico is in very good physical condition, from what I saw today.”
Burress should see his first action on Sunday when the Steelers travel to take on their AFC North division rivals the Cleveland Browns.