Is Plaxico Burress Heading to the Chicago Bears?
The Chicago Bears are currently 4-1 and are comfortably in the top five of any NFL Power Rankings, but not all is well in the Windy City. On Sunday, rookie WR Alshon Jeffery went down and grasped at his right hand. It would later be reported that Jeffery would have to miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks with a fractured right hand. In the meantime, a team that is all too familiar with lack of production from the WR position will have to make do.
Free agent WR Plaxico Burress has been rumored to being interested in putting on a Bears uniform, but GM Phil Emery didn’t exactly gleam at the thought. Emery responded to the rumor on Wednesday at Hallas Hall by saying he, “feels very good about the Chicago Bears wide receiver depth.” Only time will tell if Burress will be alongside Brandon Marshall for the rest of 2012, but keep in mind the bears have passed on the disgruntled wideout before.
Upon returning from incarceration last season, the New York Jets jumped at the opportunity and Burress had a more than serviceable season in New York. Playing in all 16 games, Burress racked up 612 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his first NFL action since 2008. Former All-Pro wideouts Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens are also both out of jobs and are looking for work. These three wide receivers, Burress included, have had well documented issues off of the field and perhaps that is why they are both unemployed, but Phil Emery did take a chance on an ill-tempered Marshall.
All in all, the Bears are 4-1 and are hoping to have WR Earl Bennett back for their next contest October 22–a Monday night matchup against the Detroit Lions. Meanwhile, the rumors will continue to swirl about possible big play targets for QB Jay Cutler until someone in the Bears front office puts them to bed.