Plaxico Burress really wants to be an Eagle
- Updated: February 29, 2012
Last offseason, Plaxico Burress was celebrating his freedom from the shackles of the New York State Department of Corrections. This offseason, he’s celebrating his freedom from the shackles of a Mark Sanchez-led offense.
All indications are that Plax and the New York Jets will be parting ways, despite his relatively productive eight-touchdown season. Plax made $3 million last year, which may be on the high side for a guy who isn’t an every-down receiver anymore, but if the Jets were expecting 1,200 yards and 15 TDs from a guy who had spent the previous two seasons working in the prison laundry, then that’s their problem.
Burress already has his sights set on his next employer — he’d like it to be the Philadelphia Eagles. He pretty much threw himself at the Eagles during an interview with Philly’s 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday. From NJ.com:
“Nothing else would make me happier,” Burress said in a radio interview today with Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic. “Obviously coming to Philadelphia, instituting myself into that offense, it just adds a unique dynamic to what is already in place.”
It makes a fair amount of football sense. The Eagles have speed, separation and YAC guys at wide receiver. Burress brings none of that to the table, but he is a viable red zone and third-down threat. The Eagles do have a need there.
Also, I believe Burress and Michael Vick could become the first pair of ex-cons to ever combine for a touchdown pass and reception. This isn’t something that’s lost on Burress, either.