Why the Steelers want to re-sign Plaxico Burress
by Gerry Dulac
The Steelers are close to an agreement to re-sign wide receiver Plaxico Burress, a move designed to bolster the receiving unit with the departure of Mike Wallace.
Burress, a former No. 1 draft choice in 2000, signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum in late November and played in four of the final six games.
But, with the expected loss of Wallace, the Steelers have only two wide receivers under contract on their roster – Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery.
Emmanuel Sanders is a restricted free agent and was tendered a $1.323 million offer to remain with the team. He can receive an offer sheet from another team, but the Steelers have the right to match that offer.
Very happy with this. Offers something the other WR's can't- a genuine TD threat. Doesn't have to play every snap, but in obvious passing downs, he's going to draw attention away from the smaller WR's.
Wonder if this takes away the 'need' to draft a WR in Round 1/2?
in a pretty deep WR draft class, it'd be nice to not have to reach out for 1 in the early rounds if they don't need to.
Personally, Chadman would like Kansas St's Chris Harper added to learn from Plax & become the bigger, physical WR the Steelers lack.
He certainly has some value. He is a big target and he does some things well, as you mentioned. Generally, for the minimum, I like the signing. He probably has more value than most journeymen type WRs.
Plaxico Burress: Pittsburgh was the only place I wanted to be
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 14, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT
Plaxico Burress is back with the Steelers, and he says he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Burress told the team’s website that he told Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert at the end of last season that if the Steelers would have him back, he wouldn’t even look around to see what else was out there.
“I told them Pittsburgh was the only place I wanted to be,” Burress said. “When I came in last year I thought I was in good shape for the time frame I was there. All I wanted this year was an opportunity to get into minicamp and training camp and start to get myself back into real football shape along with everyone else.”
Although Burress only played in four games and caught three passes last season, he said he believes the Steelers intend to give him a chance to fill the starting spot that Mike Wallace vacated.
“For me to get off the board the first day of free agency I think it says a lot about the Steelers and what kind of role they have in mind for me,” Burress said. “I am going to approach it like I am going to be a starter
Burress began his career with five seasons in Pittsburgh before leaving for the Giants, where he spent four years. He then spent two years in prison for illegally possessing a gun and returned in 2011 to the Jets. But he says Pittsburgh is where he wants to be.
“It’s a special place,” Burress said. “From the owners on down they create an atmosphere that can’t be duplicated. It’s within the building. It’s been that way as long as I can remember. It’s everyone in the building. It’s the foundation. It’s special. You don’t get to be around an organization or teammates like the Steelers other places around the NFL. That is one of the first things I noticed when I left and went to New York. Sometimes you want to embark on bigger and better things and go to the big city. I did that. There are pros and cons of every situation. I am back because I love it in Pittsburgh. When you leave you realize how special a place it really is.”
The 35-year-old Burress likely doesn’t have much time left in the NFL, but he appears content to end his career where it began.
Doesn't matter. We'll be playing Paulson and the Johnson's more.
At least he's a decent REDZONE threat....
Not in street clothes he isn't.
Why not, give him a shot I say! :mrgreen:
If we could get around 6-8 TD's from him and some third down conversions during drives he may turn out to be a better value than expected.
I know the fans here will embrace him especially if he does well.
It would be nice to see him lined up with Heath and Eifert in the redzone:)