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Drew Rosenhaus: Plaxico Burress will play in 2011

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Plaxico Burress is expected to be out of prison in six months, and once Burress is free, his agent is ready to get right to work on getting him signed with an NFL team.

“I’m not a big advocate of making predictions on teams because so much can change,” Drew Rosenhaus told Josina Anderson on Showtime’s Inside the NFL. “But I am not afraid to make the following prediction: Plaxico Burress will be playing in 2011, and he will play very well. And it will be a very happy ending to a very tough, tough story for him.”

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, a teammate who has become close with Burress’s children while Burress has been imprisoned, said he believes there’s “no question” that Burress would be welcomed back to the Giants.

The biggest question may be whether Burress, who will turn 34 in August, is still physically capable of playing in the NFL. Burress already looked like he was losing a step in 2008 (the fifth consecutive season in which his yards-per-catch average declined), and now he’s spent two and a half years away from the game.

But Burress is clear to sign with any team as soon as he’s out of prison and will not face any additional league discipline, and Rosenhaus is confident that at least one team will be willing to give Burress a chance.

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42 Responses to “Drew Rosenhaus: Plaxico Burress will play in 2011”
  1. richm2256 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:11 AM

    So Burress will get in in time to look for a team to play for, and there won’t be a football season.

    Sucks being this guy, huh?

  2. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 27, 2011 11:16 AM

    Thank goodnes the Steelers will never take this bum back:)

  3. andyprough says: Jan 27, 2011 11:16 AM

    Burress to the Giants? Forgive me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Plaxico in New York City end badly the last time?

    Something about a gun in his jogging pants?

    Plax – you need to go somewhere with no night life. Maybe the Vikings will move to Utah

  4. deebo92 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:21 AM

    Let me guess, Baltimore right? He’ll fit right in with all the other “has been” wideouts.

  5. skoobyfl says: Jan 27, 2011 11:25 AM

    I hope the Bills give him a shot to play, we need more parolees to toughen up the team.

  6. mikea311 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:29 AM

    The Eagles will sign him, they need a receiver who knows how to show up in the payoffs, plus Andy Reid loves to be a father figure to someone besides his own kids…

  7. FinFan68 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:32 AM

    Why give him another shot? (no pun intended) He has proven to be an uncaring and egotistical person. How many people have sued this guy for not paying for products/services? He brought a loaded gun into a club and it went of in his pants. He placed the lives of everybody in that club in jeopardy because he wants to act/feel like a thug. He is getting old for a receiver and like the author said, his stats were declining for a sustained period. I wouldn’t sign this guy for the league minimum.

  8. MinnesnowtaJagsFan says: Jan 27, 2011 11:32 AM

    If the UFL folds this spring, will Rosenhaus fix his statement? Can’t be sure if he’s eligible to play in the CFL. Maybe Lingerie Football League? At least he wouldn’t have to wear sweatpants…

  9. deeowens11 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:33 AM

    If Marvin Harrison couldn’t get work, good luck Plax. Then again, I believe that the NFL gave MH the treatment Jordan got post-gambling and his father’s death, so maybe there is hope for Plaxico.

  10. jpelle82 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:34 AM

    what kind of weirdo “has become close with Burress’s children while Burress has been imprisoned”? wonder if he’s been getting close to his lady as well!

  11. radrntn says: Jan 27, 2011 11:37 AM

    if only there was a cba agreement in place when he is released.

  12. broncsfan says: Jan 27, 2011 11:38 AM

    I hope so. The guy served more time than Michael Vick for shooting himself in the leg, which almost seems like punishment enough by itself. Most of the time celebrities get special treatment, but in this case it’s pretty clear (in fact, Bloomberg admitted as much) that Burress got a much worse sentence than a normal citizen would have.

  13. dboom says: Jan 27, 2011 11:39 AM

    Too bad Brandon Jacobs won’t be welcomed back.

  14. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 27, 2011 11:51 AM

    Drew Rosenhaus, the same guy who bellowed that T.O. was receiving offers from “many” teams, right before he landed in Buffalo.

    I’m still wondering who all of the less desirable teams were.

  15. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 27, 2011 11:51 AM

    Jeez, tough crowd of commenters so far. Give this guy a break. He is not a bad person. He is just an idiot. He made a stupid, stupid mistake and as a result he shot himself and then he got thrown in prison. Jail is made for criminals, not idiots. It’s a shame what happened to him.

  16. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 27, 2011 11:53 AM

    Considering Steve Smith’s status for 2011 (assuming there IS a 2011 season, of course…) is completely up in the air with that ACL injury. As a Giants fan, I think we’d be willing to give him a 1-year, $1 million deal and see how that goes. I’m confident the entire team would embrace his return, and I think he’d do best with a QB he played with from 2004-08.

    Unless we’re willing to bet it all on Victor Cruz being the #2 or #3 guy in ’11, I really think Plax will be back with Big Blue.

  17. 44kyle says: Jan 27, 2011 11:59 AM

    Regarding his age, Vick’s performance could show that time of from football, resting the injuries and wear and tear might rejuvenate a player. I remember Ottis Anderson who had a few years of bench sitting for the Giants and then came back strong when called on at age 32. I’m waiting to see if the same thing might happen for Plaxico.

  18. bw82b says: Jan 27, 2011 12:00 PM

    Does everyone forget that Giants WR Steve Smith was robbed at gunpoint merely days before the plax incident?? Obviously he should’ve had his pistol on safe but I can kinda understand why he was packin heat

  19. expatpatfan says: Jan 27, 2011 12:07 PM

    If he was a slot receiver, I’d give him a better shot at making a comeback, but the window for 34-year old WRs is small. It’s smaller still for 34-year old receivers expected to stretch the field who have been away from the game for 2+ years. This is how old Randy Moss is. Moss is an all-time great WR who has (sort of) been playing football continuously since ’98 and he as obviously lost a step.

  20. olcap says: Jan 27, 2011 12:08 PM

    Looks like Rog will have a new poster boy to flaunt, soon.

  21. hatesycophants says: Jan 27, 2011 12:14 PM

    @bw82b,

    As I recall, he was carrying an HK LEM .40, which would explain the lack of a traditional manual safety.

  22. dmvdmv101560 says: Jan 27, 2011 12:23 PM

    Plax – you need to go somewhere with no night life. Maybe the Vikings will move to Utah

    ==================================

    Have you been to Minnesota? No need for the Vikings to move to Utah to have a boring night life.

  23. cleverbob says: Jan 27, 2011 12:25 PM

    You’re all ignoring the fact that NYC isn’t the Wild Wild West, and they have very strict gun laws. He wasn’t arrested for shooting himself in the leg…

  24. ndagaskwi says: Jan 27, 2011 12:25 PM

    Who gets 2 plus years for shooting himself? People get less time for killing somebody!!

  25. realitypolice says: Jan 27, 2011 12:29 PM

    broncsfan says:
    Jan 27, 2011 11:38 AM
    I hope so. The guy served more time than Michael Vick for shooting himself in the leg, which almost seems like punishment enough by itself. Most of the time celebrities get special treatment, but in this case it’s pretty clear (in fact, Bloomberg admitted as much) that Burress got a much worse sentence than a normal citizen would have.
    ====================

    You’re absolutely right. It is common knowledge that even though NYC has these supposed “mandatory” sentencing laws for carrying an unlicensed firearm, first time offenders who aren’t carrying the gun in the commission of another crime rarely, if ever, get jail time.

    Lord knows there are plenty of players in the league who have done far worse. I hope he gets another shot- if he can’t play, he can’t play. But he deserves the chance.

  26. alewatcher says: Jan 27, 2011 12:29 PM

    broncsfan says: Jan 27, 2011 11:38 AM

    I hope so. The guy served more time than Michael Vick for shooting himself in the leg, which almost seems like punishment enough by itself. Most of the time celebrities get special treatment, but in this case it’s pretty clear (in fact, Bloomberg admitted as much) that Burress got a much worse sentence than a normal citizen would have.
    ——————
    Rumor had it that the DA had agreed to a deal that would have Plax serve 90 days, plus community service. Plax was adamant about zero jail time, and turned down the deal. Yet another bad decision by Plax.
    ================
    bw82b says: Jan 27, 2011 12:00 PM

    Does everyone forget that Giants WR Steve Smith was robbed at gunpoint merely days before the plax incident?? Obviously he should’ve had his pistol on safe but I can kinda understand why he was packin heat.
    ——————
    First, the gun was a Glock – no safety. (Glocks use a safe-action trigger, but you have to carry them properly, i.e., in a holster, not in your waistband.)

    Second, having a gun is only useful if you pull it first. Once a guy starts waving a gun in your face, trying to pull your own weapon will only get you shot.

    (I always thought this was the absolute dumbest argument for carrying a gun. In any one-on-one situation, you will never have a chance to use it.)

  27. all4patriots says: Jan 27, 2011 12:31 PM

    Whether on safety or not, it was illegal for him to be carrying any gun at all in NYC.

  28. grinderwi says: Jan 27, 2011 12:33 PM

    No one is going to mistake me for a Giants fan or Plax fan for that matter but I agree with the posters saying the guy got screwed by the legal system. His cell could have been and should have been filled with a violent offender. Plax should have been under house arrest and sentenced to making a positive difference in his community by way of public service. It was a waste all the way around putting him behind bars.

  29. hatesycophants says: Jan 27, 2011 12:39 PM

    @broncsfan,

    I’m pretty sure it was an HK, but I’ve been wrong before. I will say this, there are more safeties on a Glock than on a revolver.

  30. drexelvol says: Jan 27, 2011 12:40 PM

    Raiders, Redskins, Bills, Denver.

  31. realitypolice says: Jan 27, 2011 12:44 PM

    bw82b says:
    Jan 27, 2011 12:00 PM
    Does everyone forget that Giants WR Steve Smith was robbed at gunpoint merely days before the plax incident?? Obviously he should’ve had his pistol on safe but I can kinda understand why he was packin heat
    ===================

    If you get robbed at gunpoint, you can have a gun in every pocket and it ain’t gonna help you.

    Unless you can reach into your pocket, get your hand wrapped around the grip, your finger through the trigger guard (not as easy as it looks on TV when your adrenalin is racing), remove the weapon, aim it at your assailant and pull the trigger in the split second it takes your assailant to pull his trigger, the only person getting shot is you.

  32. bleedingreen says: Jan 27, 2011 12:51 PM

    There are plenty of teams out there that need help at WR. So it’s pretty plain to see that he will get a chance somewhere since he’s a veteran receiver.

  33. blackngoldmachine says: Jan 27, 2011 12:56 PM

    good…he, TO, LT, Haynesworth and Vick can start a team in LA. Vince Young can be the back-up. I can see it now!

  34. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 27, 2011 1:11 PM

    ndagaskwi says: Jan 27, 2011 12:25 PM

    “Who gets 2 plus years for shooting himself? People get less time for killing somebody!!”

    In Baltimore they name a street after you.

  35. trigdaddy says: Jan 27, 2011 1:31 PM

    bw82b

    So because his teammate got robbed he decided to carry a gun on him? Just in case these robbers are specifically targeting New York Giants receivers

  36. richm2256 says: Jan 27, 2011 1:32 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Jan 27, 2011 11:51 AM
    Jeez, tough crowd of commenters so far. Give this guy a break. He is not a bad person. He is just an idiot. He made a stupid, stupid mistake and as a result he shot himself and then he got thrown in prison. Jail is made for criminals, not idiots. It’s a shame what happened to him.
    ———————————————————

    Shooting a gun inside a barroom- intentional or accidental – IS a criminal offense, moron.

    If the trajectory of that bullet -which Burress had no control of where it was fired – had been a little different, we could be talking about a homicide here.

  37. alewatcher says: Jan 27, 2011 1:46 PM

    realitypolice says: Jan 27, 2011 12:29 PM

    broncsfan says:
    Jan 27, 2011 11:38 AM
    I hope so. The guy served more time than Michael Vick for shooting himself in the leg, which almost seems like punishment enough by itself. Most of the time celebrities get special treatment, but in this case it’s pretty clear (in fact, Bloomberg admitted as much) that Burress got a much worse sentence than a normal citizen would have.
    ====================

    You’re absolutely right. It is common knowledge that even though NYC has these supposed “mandatory” sentencing laws for carrying an unlicensed firearm, first time offenders who aren’t carrying the gun in the commission of another crime rarely, if ever, get jail time.

    —————–
    For just *carrying* a gun, I can see not handing out jail time. However, Plax discharged his weapon in a club, which is definitely a crime, in addition to the crime of having an unlicensed weapon. A bystander could have been injured or even killed; that isn’t something you just let go. Hence, jail time.

  38. gotitan says: Jan 27, 2011 1:47 PM

    If I am being robbed at gun point and the thug turns to run, I’ll shoot him then. If I am in a restaurant and some guy comes in with a gun, I’ll have plenty of time to pull mine. Having no gun to pull in a gun fight isn’t the best idea.

  39. carannta says: Jan 27, 2011 2:51 PM

    Thanks for ruining the career of a good wide receiver, Mayor Bloomberg. Oh yeah, and the Jets suck. Karma is a bitch. Two AFC Championships, two losses, and a hefty load of free-agent departures. Good luck in the future.

  40. realitypolice says: Jan 27, 2011 2:57 PM

    alewatcher says:
    Jan 27, 2011 1:46 PM

    For just *carrying* a gun, I can see not handing out jail time. However, Plax discharged his weapon in a club, which is definitely a crime, in addition to the crime of having an unlicensed weapon. A bystander could have been injured or even killed; that isn’t something you just let go. Hence, jail time.

    =====================
    That’s a good point. I didn’t mean to gloss over the fact that the weapon discharged.

    And I really don’t have a problem with Plax doing time. But I still feel that 2 years was excessive to the act, given the circumstances and the defendant’s previous record.

    And I will still maintain that an ordinary citizen with a relatively clean record who did exactly what Plax did would have received less than 24 months.

  41. realitypolice says: Jan 27, 2011 3:02 PM

    gotitan says:
    Jan 27, 2011 1:47 PM
    If I am being robbed at gun point and the thug turns to run, I’ll shoot him then. If I am in a restaurant and some guy comes in with a gun, I’ll have plenty of time to pull mine. Having no gun to pull in a gun fight isn’t the best idea.
    ==========================

    I’m not against people carrying weapons, if they are licensed and trained, and know better than to reach for it if a perp has a weapon pointed at their skull.

    But you can ask anyone in law enforcement and they will tell you that statistics say that a robbery victim pulling out a gun during the robbery ends badly for the victim much more often than it turns out well.

  42. stairwayto7 says: Jan 27, 2011 4:56 PM

    Iguess he will be only guy playing since there will be a lockout!

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