Plaxico Burress Released From Prison: Is Philly On His Mind?

A little over an hour ago, at 9 am, Plaxico Burress was released from Oneida Corrections Facility after serving 21 months for gun possession. Plax addressed the media briefly and thanked fans for letters sent in support.

The image of Plax wearing a Phillies hat leaving prison will be seen as a message to some but a hat is just a hat and until Plax is running the fade route looking for a pretty spiral from Mike Vick, don’t read too much into it. I’m sure the 33 year old Burress is very eager to get home and spend time with his family more than playing NFL football at this juncture.

As far as the Eagles, Plaxico Burress was a perennial thorn in their side and when he was no longer a Giants receiver, the rivalry swung big time in the Eagle favor no matter who the quarterback was or components of the team are. Plaxico’s size is a huge advantage on most NFL defensive backs.

Most will look to the Eagles model strictly because of Michael Vick’s “reintroduction” to society. Vick finished second in MVP voting last season.

It will take some time for Burress to get into football shape but it must be said that 21 months of not taking NFL hits is not a bad thing.

During his nine year career with the New York Giants, the former Michigan State receiver with great hands caught 505 balls for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns. He’s a great and very athletic route runner and at 6’5″ 230 pounds he is a weapon. He’ll be 34 in August.

Of course there will be an extensive interview process as Burress searches for a new team as an unrestricted free agent, but if I’m a GM, I’m making sure Plaxico is on my roster. Folks talk of David Tyree’s miraculous catch but it was Burress who caught the game winner vs. the Patriots in the 2008 Superbowl.

6 Responses to “Plaxico Burress Released From Prison: Is Philly On His Mind?”

  1. Ron Glover says:

    Word is that alot of the stories that we’ve been hearing about Plax coming to Philly has been let out by people in the Burress camp. From a personal standpoint, I hope he comes back and is able to make a living for himself and I’m sure he will.

    From the Eagles standpoint, they have bigger issues at corner, linebacker and on both lines to deal with before even taking a remote glance at Burress.

    But he would be a nice red zone threat, maybe they can finally get that fade route down they’ve been trying to get Hank Baskett to perfect for his entire career.

  2. Temple3 says:

    A healthy Burress cures most of the Eagles woes because he can extend drives by making catches on 3rd and short that some of the current smurfy, speed merchants cannot. He also takes away the double-teaming or high-low coverage on Celek over the seam. He an excellent downfield blocker (when motivated) because he simply smothers the DB and puts them on skates. And, if he’s in top form, he’s worth at least 4-5% on completion percentage because his target/catch area is so much larger than everyone else.

    He is a multiple-benefit player, but he will drop the occasional easy pass — so don’t be surprised when that happens. But, if he’s double-teamed and pressed into a tight spot, he can probably snatch that one with his eyes closed and a hand behind his back.

    I hate the Eagles…I hope he goes somewhere else.

  3. CAvard says:

    *** Folks talk of David Tyree’s miraculous catch but it was Burress who caught the game winner vs. the Patriots in the 2008 Superbowl ***

    Thanks for reminding me of that, Mizzo. Jeeze.

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets make a run at Burress and dump Braylon Edwards. Isn’t Edwards at the end of his contract this year or next? Just a wild guess on my part. Most of all, I hope Burress makes a comeback. Best of luck.

  4. GrandNubian says:

    I wish him all the best.

  5. Origin says:

    Hopefully the brotha will be able to get on a team. But I am not sure about the Eagles signing him……….using common sense when it comes to personnel is not the Eagles M.O.

  6. Miranda says:

    I hope he signs and plays lights out wherever he goes.