Since wide receiver Plaxico Burresswas released from prison today, the speculation is obviously swirling about which teams will pursue him. The New York Jets have frequently been mentioned as a potential landing place for Burress, considering Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, and Brad Smith are all free agents, and the organization’s propensity to sign big name players.
The Jets initial focus is going to be bringing their own guys back, with Santonio Holmes likely being the top priority. The only way I see them getting in the mix for Burress, is if Braylon Edwards leaves via free agency, which is a pretty good possibility. The decision at that point will likely come to down to focusing their efforts on Burress or Randy Moss.
We all know the effort issues that come with the Moss, along with the questions about whether he is finished. Burress is going to be 34 years old this August and hasn’t played football since November 2008. You have to think for at least a season or two, Burress will absolutely be on his best behavior and be supremely motivated after his time in jail. The bottom line is that there is a risk associated with both of them but considering their talent…a cheap, short contract could make that risk worth it.
Burress wouldn’t have to be a number one receiver on the Jets. He would have favorable match-ups thanks to playing opposite Santonio Holmes and having Dustin Keller and Jerricho Cotchery working in the slot. If Braylon Edwards leaves, he could provide the needed big target over the middle and in the red-zone for Mark Sanchez.
The Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams are also supposed to be heavily in the mix for Burress. However, I wouldn’t rule the Jets out. This is a team that likes making a splash and signing Burress would do just that, while filling a need if free agency ends up breaking the way most of us expect it to.