Should the Ravens make a play for Plaxico Burress?

February 17, 2011|By Matt Vensel

The Ravens will get another opportunity to overhaul their receiving corps this offseason, and former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, expected to get out of the slammer in June, will be one of the more intriguing options on the free-agent market.

Burress hasn't played in an NFL game since he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a nightclub back in November 2008, teaching us all a valuable lesson about packing heat while wearing sweatpants in a crowded club (I know I'll never do it again). He will have spent more than 20 months in prison when he is released in June, and he turns 34 in August.

But before the gun incident, Burress was a very good wide receiver, hauling in 70 passes for 1,025 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007. That season was capped off with Burress catching the game-winning touchdown pass from Eli Manning as the Giants stunned the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Burress was big, strong and physical with good hands then, and was one of the league's top wideouts when he wanted to be. That's why some teams will be willing to kick the tires on Burress to see what he has left in the tank, especially after Michael Vick took the NFL by storm in his second post-prison season with the Eagles.

Hopefully, the Ravens won't be one of them.

The Ravens don't need to add his character issues to the locker room or another big ego to the offensive huddle. And it's hard to imagine him making worthwhile contributions between the white lines in his first season back, even though agent Drew Rosenhaus is predictably insisting that Burress is in great shape. What Vick was able to do this past season after spending 19 months of prison was an anomaly. Dude is a freak.

Still, the Ravens need a deep threat, so they will at least discuss bringing in Burress during the offseason. It's worth some consideration for sure, but hopefully they realize it wouldn't be worth the trouble.

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