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No additional suspension for Burress after jail term

The NFL released a statement this afternoon that says there will be no additional suspension for Plaxico Burress after he serves his two-year prison term.

The statement reads:  “Plaxico Burress is not under contract to an NFL team.  In light of his plea today, Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Burress and informed him that he is ineligible to sign with any team until he completes his jail term.

“Commissioner Goodell said Burress will be reinstated and eligible to sign with an NFL team upon the completion of his sentence.”

What does that mean for Burress’ job prospects in September, 2011?  It took less than a month for Michael Vick to get a job after serving his debt to society.  Can Burress expect similar good fortune?

Arguing against that likelihood is the fact Burress will be 34 in August 2011, while Vick just turned 29.  And, for whatever reason, it just feels unlikely that Burress will have people interested in shepherding him back into the league the way Tony Dungy and Andy Reid did for Vick.

But what do we know?  So we asked a league decision-maker what he thought Burress would face when he gets sprung.

“I was wrong on Michael Vick [finding work] and I will probably be wrong on Plaxico,” the source said.  “The fact remains, it only takes one [team to show interest].  But unlike Vick, I think he’ll get interest and tryouts rather than a signing.

“I can imagine the same conversations will take place then [between coaching and ownership] and you can rationalize anything football-wise:  ‘He won’t be front-line star, he’s good in the red zone. . . .’ but man, why? What are you doing?”

“The Steelers knew what they had [in Burress] and they let him go,” the source said.  “The Giants took a chance on him, got their championship then washed their hands of him when he screwed up.”

The source believes that the way Vick’s story plays out in Philly will impact Burress’ prospects.

“In two years, Plaxico’s getting out and Vick should be out there looking for a new deal,” the source said.  “How well things went in Philadelphia will help dictate what Plaxico gets.”

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30 Responses to “No additional suspension for Burress after jail term”
  1. LL Live says: Aug 20, 2009 4:13 PM

    Why? Someone will be short of reciveng talent that’s why. He’s a talent.

  2. hayward giablommi says: Aug 20, 2009 4:16 PM

    St. Tony Dungy will be commissioner by them, and he will not allow it.

  3. BuckyBadger says: Aug 20, 2009 4:16 PM

    It won’t be the PR nightmare that the Eagles have [even though doesn’t seem as bad as we thought] but his age will be a factor. Also not so sure he will stay in shape.

  4. TheDPR says: Aug 20, 2009 4:17 PM

    Unlike Vick, Burress has been a success at the NFL level. How do you not give the guy a look?

  5. marcduke says: Aug 20, 2009 4:19 PM

    I’d be pissed if I got an “addition” suspension for shooting myself….I mean, damn, it’s not my fault I can’t add!

  6. PirateFreedom says: Aug 20, 2009 4:21 PM

    Unlike Vicks sentence for the long term torturing of animals I think most people will feel 2 years is plenty for Plex shooting himself in the leg.
    I think Vick paid enough but many don’t.
    I doubt many will think Plex didn’t pay enough.

  7. stanjam says: Aug 20, 2009 4:25 PM

    Yep. Violate the conduct policy and Goodell MAY arbitrarily come doen on you. Do something serious enough to get sent to jail and it’s “Welcome back gansta! Go sign and play!”
    Good Lord, I get tired of Goodell

  8. The Wishbone says: Aug 20, 2009 4:26 PM

    Maybe by 2011 Al Davis will give up on JaMarcus Russell and DHB and sign BOTH Vick and Plax. That would be good times.

  9. Skohr says: Aug 20, 2009 4:27 PM

    Can this ruling possibly shorten the “up to 6 game” suspension for Vick down to no regular season games? Vick has already served all of his time…

  10. CapsLockKey says: Aug 20, 2009 4:35 PM

    With his frame, at 34 he’ll have a good 2-3 productive years left in him as long as he hits “the yard” a lot and stays in shape.

  11. jsprunner says: Aug 20, 2009 4:37 PM

    Florio, I’m really glad you hide the comments on your site. I never have to read any of them unless I willfully click on the link. This post is bound to generate some of the most ill-informed, vicious commentary available. (shows self out)…..

  12. Dennis says: Aug 20, 2009 4:39 PM

    If he still has the skills, he’ll play.
    Let’s not forget the fact that they were willing to let someone back who murdered animals, whereas Plaxico’s crime is victimless, and not even a crime according to a strict interpretation of the US Constitution, the supposedly supreme law of the land.

  13. jimicos says: Aug 20, 2009 4:40 PM

    Roger Goodell is consistency incarnate… In the bizarro world. Maybe he can say hi to Feldman for us.

  14. Dr. Michael says: Aug 20, 2009 4:41 PM

    Wherever Fat ANdy Reid is coaching…that’s where Plexiglass will play. By then, Ried’s sons will be working on chance number 4, VIck chance number 3.
    Plexiglass will be a “walk in the park” at chance number 2…all he needs is the all knowing, all -seeng Tony Dungheap”s blessing

  15. Paul_R. says: Aug 20, 2009 4:46 PM

    I think Burress should have another chance once his prison time is up. While Vick tortured and killed dogs, Burress already suffered the indignity of shooting himself in the leg and he’s the only one who’s suffered from his crime. Two years is long enough (or, maybe too long except that it was in NY City versus some Kentucky county in the middle of nowhere). Hopefully, when he returns, he discovers some maturity, appreciation, and intelligence, for a change.

  16. Pudge Heffelfinger says: Aug 20, 2009 4:58 PM

    I’m glad Goodell took the guess work out of it. It’s good that we don’t have to wait for a suspension decision like with Vick.
    The Plax situation is totally different though. Vick is a PR nightmare because of what he did. The question was whether he would be accepted by the fans where he signed. Plax doesn’t have the PR problem that Vick has.
    In Plax’s case the only question will be “Can he still contribute?”
    In Vick’s case the question was not only about what he could contribute, but whether the franchise wants to bring a convicted animal-torturer into their “family”.

  17. CoughlinUpALoogie says: Aug 20, 2009 5:07 PM

    Good story, Tom.

  18. Bigbluefan says: Aug 20, 2009 5:23 PM

    Plex is a total idiot
    All that money a hot wife and new baby now your going to learn what doggy style means
    But dont worry either your agent or your lawyer will be keeping an eye on that family for you while your gone
    Sleep well idiot
    What an ass what a waste

  19. VoxVeritas says: Aug 20, 2009 5:23 PM

    “not even a crime according to a strict interpretation of the US Constitution”
    Oh man not this again.

  20. Jackal138 says: Aug 20, 2009 5:35 PM

    Wow, Dr. Michael.
    You know PFT has enough anti-Eagles trolls as it is? I understand trying to hop on the bandwagon, but at least have something original to bring to the table. Or try typing out your comments in legible English, that might also help.

  21. redsquare says: Aug 20, 2009 5:43 PM

    The comments above about Goodell are spot-on. This is just more inconsistency. One day the punishment of the legal system is enough, the next day it’s not. One day it’s not the NFL’s business to be a separate judge & jury, the next day it is.
    Vick, Burress, and Stallworth all went through the legal system, and each got what the system determined was appropriate.
    And the NFL’s response to each has been completely inconsistent, opaque, and subjective.
    Maybe there are reasons for that, but it doesn’t look very respectable from the outside. Why can’t the league come up with a set of its own guidelines, and then stick to them?
    This is really oversimplified, but just thinking out loud:
    – Intentional/non-accidental gun crime: lifetime ban
    – Illegal gambling: lifetime ban
    – Accidental gun or auto crime: 1 year suspension
    – Non-performance-enhancing drug offense (using): 4-game suspension
    – Drug trafficking: lifetime ban
    – Running an illegal gambling & dogfighting operation for years and lying to your team’s management and league management: welcome back, buddy, come right in!
    Not saying those are all what should be done , but you get the idea. Without something like this, things will only get worse.

  22. empty13 says: Aug 20, 2009 5:49 PM

    dennis is right.
    but despite the bogus ny laws, plax still exercised no judgment.

  23. Mattchew182 says: Aug 20, 2009 5:55 PM

    What a mistake Burress made not taking the plea deal he initially received. I believe it was back in April his former lawyer had a deal for him to do 2 or 3 months and be out in time for training camp. His lawyer quits and his new lawyer advises him that he can delay trial and let him play this year. Then he gets suspended indefinetly and indicted. Now he pleas into a two year deal instead of getting 3.5 years. I wish he took the original plea deal cause he could be playing for somebody by now. Not condoning what he did but several NFL players have been shot or shot at while out at nightclubs. Sean Taylor wasn’t allowed to carry a gun anymore and ends up shot while in his own home. These players should be allowed to protect themselves whether it be with security or a licensed firearm. And Donte Stallworth does 20 something days for killing somebody while driving drunk. What a society we live in where the law is interpreted so differently from state to state. If he did this in Texas it would be a 500 dollar fine.

  24. EskinSux says: Aug 20, 2009 6:04 PM

    Tony Dungy…….To Plaxico……in two years……..Pulling up in the thug reclamation vechile…..
    Dungy….You don’t like it?
    Plaxico….Rides got alot of pickup….
    Dungy…….It’s got a cop motor. A 440 inch cubic plant…….It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop schocks, it’ll run good on regular gas, so is this the new thug mobile or what?
    Plaxixco….Where do i hide the gun when i shoot myself?

  25. Gam(e)_is_on says: Aug 20, 2009 7:12 PM

    24 month – out in 2/3 with good behavior, that will put Plaxico on the market leading into the post season of the 2011-12 season. Could be interesting to see who with questions or injuries on WR would take a chance on him….

  26. Rob_E says: Aug 20, 2009 7:39 PM

    2 years is enough. Plax will get some interest from someone. Besides, TO will be retired by then. Someone has to get the press.

  27. nerd says: Aug 20, 2009 7:46 PM

    Disgusting, imo.
    A judge disarmed Sean Taylor. How’d that work out?

  28. FumbleNuts says: Aug 20, 2009 9:02 PM

    After he gets out, considering his age, the game might pass him by and he will be reduced to being only average or worst.

  29. BigBear says: Aug 20, 2009 9:26 PM

    It was said Vick’s suspension figured into his time served as well. Not making an argument over punishment between the two, shooting himself in the leg seems injury enough.
    Encouraging a smackdown on Vick.
    Check it out here.

  30. Kevin from Philly says: Aug 21, 2009 9:44 AM

    There’s no way Vick stays here two years – either it doesn’t work out this year and they release him, or he’s a model citizen, gets his life together, plays well and they trade him for a high 2nd round pick at the end of the season.

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