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Eagles may be eager to talk to Plaxico Burress

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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said recently that he wants to reach out to Plaxico Burress, who wants to follow Vick’s lead in leaving prison and returning to the NFL.

Now there’s a report suggesting that Burress might become Vick’s teammate.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News writes that he’s heard the Eagles will be first in line to talk to Burress (who gets out of prison June 6) whenever the lockout ends. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and coach Andy Reid may like the idea of giving another player a second chance, as they did with Vick.

The biggest question regarding Burress remains whether he’ll be in good shape and able to shake off the rust well enough to contribute to an NFL team in 2011, especially considering that he might have a shortened training camp to prepare. Burress turns 34 in August, he hasn’t played football since November of 2008, and his production had already begun to decline even before he accidentally put a bullet in his leg and put his career on hold.

But if Burress is capable of playing in the NFL in 2011, the Eagles may be the team for him.

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  1. dfeltz says: May 22, 2011 7:48 PM

    who didn’t see this one coming??

  2. dirtytaco says: May 22, 2011 7:49 PM

    I like Andy Reid’s black Moo Moo

  3. FinFan68 says: May 22, 2011 7:52 PM

    Why? He was better than average but not great. He is older and likely slower. Are there no better options than a guy fresh out of prison?

  4. trollaikman8 says: May 22, 2011 7:55 PM

    Good move coach Reid.
    This of course is a stop-gap measure until Ray Carruth is parole-eligible in 2014.

  5. mwm367 says: May 22, 2011 7:55 PM

    He would fit right in. Maybe they should change their colors to black & white stripes and call the team philadelphia jailbirds.

  6. eaglesfan290 says: May 22, 2011 7:55 PM

    Vick was a special case the Eagles already have a tond of very good WR’s. It would be hard to imagine they would dump a productive reciever to ad a guy who will need at least a year to be back to 100%. He is 34 and the Eagles are not huge fans of guy who are on the wrong side of 30.

    The Eagles are going to be linked to every guy getting out of prision, if the lockout is a long one they may be linked to a lot of players over the next year. Don’t blame the messenger ray lewis said it first!

  7. dbick says: May 22, 2011 7:56 PM

    If he’s got anything left might as well give him a shot. Another weapon on an already ridiculously dangerous offense on the cheap.

  8. norcaleagles says: May 22, 2011 7:57 PM

    Wow, I dont see that happening at all! For one, Philly runs a very fast offense and Burress has NEVER been that player. Second, Philly probably dumps old and aging players faster than any other team in the league. Not gonna happen. . . .at least I hope not.

  9. clintonrb says: May 22, 2011 8:01 PM

    Unlike vick I don’t see burress making any real impact for a team-
    I’m sure he fly the straight and narrow but in regards to being the old plax there is simply no way, maybe a fourth option

  10. cryptker says: May 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    Here come all the lame Eagle Jokes…

  11. hedleykow says: May 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    Sounds like a lethal combination to me.

  12. gnorules says: May 22, 2011 8:04 PM

    Just say “NO” Andy! We have a good 1-2-3 with Jackson, Maclin, and Avant. Focus on getting Nnamdi Asomugha.

  13. Hank Koebler, IV says: May 22, 2011 8:04 PM

    Cue the “Longest Yard” jokes in 3, 2, 1…

  14. nedhigginssports says: May 22, 2011 8:07 PM

    As a Giants fan, the thought of seeing #17 in an eagles uniform makes me cringe

  15. jpmelon says: May 22, 2011 8:07 PM

    of course they are thinking about Burress…..the last convicted felon they hired turned out to be a great success. Why not try the same strategy again?

  16. kapooti says: May 22, 2011 8:10 PM

    gtfo with this stuff. we don’t need him

  17. pftbillsfan says: May 22, 2011 8:12 PM

    Thats cute, Plax, Vick, and the Reid sons can bond over parole hearings.

  18. nocryinginbaseball07 says: May 22, 2011 8:14 PM

    Speechless.

  19. 2009kenny says: May 22, 2011 8:21 PM

    Really, does he play special team? Last time I checked Eagles have Djack and Maclin

  20. volcom2143 says: May 22, 2011 8:22 PM

    Love it if it happens . The birds desperately need a big target in the redzone . Also love the fact he could be in eagles green two times a year against the g men . I’m all for second chances and the fact he has killed us in the past doesn’t hurt . Hoping this comes true .

  21. philllyfanatic says: May 22, 2011 8:27 PM

    First, I think the Eagles have way bigger problems than WR. In my opinion they need a good cornerback, a DE that can actually sack the quarterback consistently, another offensive lineman and a TE.

    With that said, I would take a run at Plaxico Burress. He’ll be plenty motivated and the Eagles are the type of franchise that a reclamation project should go to since they offer stability and good leadership.

    The question is where would Burress play? Clearly DJax and Maclin are the starters. Jason Avant is a very nice third receiver.

    I don’t care where Burress plays in the Eagles offense. The reason you sign him is because the Eagles redzone offense sucks every year. Plaxico is the big target that we have lacked. He is the type of WR that you just throw the ball up there and he goes after it. We haven’t had one of those in a long, long time. Someone that can go up for the jump ball in the endzone. We could use that type of receiver.

    I say do it.

  22. dan39564 says: May 22, 2011 8:29 PM

    I surely hope someone is blowing smoke out their ass, The Eagles already have a ex-felon at QB, they don’t need any more!
    Unless Andy Reid is going into the halfway house business, so he can deal with his kids!

  23. thekingdp says: May 22, 2011 8:29 PM

    Cheddar Plax is a bum..

  24. iggles57 says: May 22, 2011 8:31 PM

    The combo of Vick to Burrress will be known as
    “Con Air”!

  25. vtboarder says: May 22, 2011 8:35 PM

    Distraction of NA hunt.

  26. spankymcwanky says: May 22, 2011 8:37 PM

    Well if an ex-convict worked out for them once, why not try another one. I wonder if the Eagles will be sending scouts to penitentiaries all over the US to find that “diamond-in-the-rouge” for next year’s draft. I would hope that happens just so I could hear Kiper rant.

  27. spankymcwanky says: May 22, 2011 8:37 PM

    Oops, rough

  28. raynman49 says: May 22, 2011 8:38 PM

    As long as he’s not with the Giants. The guy was always a slacker. Late for everything. Ask Pittsburgh.

  29. fatfreddystubbs says: May 22, 2011 8:39 PM

    Wow, a couple different things to address in this article.
    “and his production had already begun to decline even before he accidentally put a bullet in his leg and put his career on hold.”

    that may be true, haven’t checked the stats, but it doesn’t change the fact that they were defending Super Bowl Champs that were looking like they had a legitimate shot to repeat before he shot himself, and were very mediocre after.

    Second, as an Eagles fan, just because the Vick thing has worked out (if losing in the first round of the playoffs can be considered “working out”) doesn’t mean the Eagles are all of a sudden some great social experiment where every problem-child can come to play. that will blow up eventually.

    Third, you (and President Obama for that matter) are giving Jeffrey Lurie WAAAYYYYYY too much credit for giving Vick a second chance. Watch the video of the press conference when they signed him and watch Lurie’s comments. he gave himself a ton of room to backtrack if the thing blew up. Yeah, he’s the owner, but donovan and andy deserve way more credit for signing the guy than Lurie does (and i say that as someone that can’t stand Vick and has trouble rooting for the Eagles as long as he’s the QB).

  30. hank10 says: May 22, 2011 8:47 PM

    Fortress Novacare may soon be renamed ‘Father Andy’s Camp for Wayward NFLers.’

    If King Andy feels guilty about how he treated his kids and the mess(es) they got themselves into, then go to confession or hook up with Oprah. This is getting ridiculous.

    Hard enough to root for them with Vick, gonna be nearly impossible if Plax is on the squad. Blech!!

  31. commandercornpone says: May 22, 2011 8:50 PM

    look for a team that usually has small wideouts to get him.

    one that doesnt care about character issues.

    think redskins.

  32. goawayeverybody says: May 22, 2011 8:52 PM

    This is going to torpedo the fantasy stock value of my sleeper pick, Jeremy Maclin. :(

  33. realitypolice says: May 22, 2011 9:17 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    May 22, 2011 7:52 PM
    Why? He was better than average but not great. He is older and likely slower. Are there no better options than a guy fresh out of prison?
    ====================

    He would come cheap, be the third receiver and fill a very specific niche- the tall receiver you can throw it up to in the end zone and let him go get it.

    Worth a one-year, low money deal, no?

  34. bcjim says: May 22, 2011 9:19 PM

    He is just throwing this out in order to soak more from Dan Snyder. It’ll probably work.

  35. smellmyface says: May 22, 2011 9:31 PM

    @commandercornpone

    Hey dummy, Haynesworth is top 5 talent with a piss poor attitude and they benched then suspended him. So to say think Redskins shows you have no clue.

  36. ebenezergrymm says: May 22, 2011 9:33 PM

    This is yet another garbage piece by PFT to fill the lockout void. Mike Vick might reach out to him, but there’s 0 chance he winds up in Philly with DJax, Maclin, Avant, and Cooper.

    I’d look for Plax to be a Redskin or a Titan.

  37. getweird4u says: May 22, 2011 9:41 PM

    Really,this guy is just stupid lets carry a handgun in the pocket of my sweats,so that no one will rob me for my bling that i wear so people think im gangsta . Vicious cycle.Just another dumb WR.And BTW who the hell wears sweats to da club u know ur pimp if u can pull that off

  38. mvick07 says: May 22, 2011 9:57 PM

    lets go eagles

  39. rjwill says: May 22, 2011 10:05 PM

    say it with me: red zone help

  40. bluefan204 says: May 22, 2011 10:08 PM

    mwm367 says: May 22, 2011 7:55 PM

    He would fit right in. Maybe they should change their colors to black & white stripes and call the team philadelphia jailbirds.

    Hell they can use the jail cell in the stadium for a locker room!!1!11!

  41. intherelikeswimwear says: May 22, 2011 10:27 PM

    Plax is/was an eagle killer. If he has anything left, it’d be worth signing him just so we don’t have to play him 2-3 times a year. If I were Eli, I’d be waiting for him at the gate.

  42. MichaelEdits says: May 22, 2011 10:29 PM

    Some stories just write themselves.

    Lockout, lockup, Mean Machine, whatever.

  43. Deb says: May 22, 2011 10:31 PM

    For some inexplicable reason, I’ve been repeatedly barred from saying that I pray the lockout ends soon so that teams can talk to Burress and he can get the opportunity to revive his career. Perhaps it’s offensive to say I’m praying for the well-being of a player. How sad. Nevertheless, I am. All the best, Plaxico.

  44. db3300 says: May 22, 2011 10:39 PM

    “but it doesn’t change the fact that they were defending Super Bowl Champs that were looking like they had a legitimate shot to repeat before he shot himself”

    Backed into the SB. Huge fluke catch off of the face mask to win it. No one outside of NY was thinking they were a serious threat to repeat even had every player returned. Take your win with pride but don’t get carried away with all of the rings you were sure to win had he not gone to prison.

  45. balzosteel says: May 22, 2011 10:44 PM

    Why not give him a SHOT at a return?
    The Eagles seem to have a LEG up on free
    agents for now. Here’s hoping Plax gets his
    CHEDDAR and BOB Lurie makes it happen!

  46. terminatorlikesmaids says: May 22, 2011 10:46 PM

    Who cares about the beagles.

  47. laeaglefan says: May 22, 2011 10:51 PM

    Burress would be, at best, the #4 receiver on the Eagles at this point. I can understand, in a way, why Andy Reid might be enamored at the thought, considering How Plaxico has killed the Eagles in the past, but its questionable just how much help he could be at this stage of the game.

  48. dirtyharry1971 says: May 22, 2011 10:55 PM

    yet more proof that the eagles are a low life franchise, ditto for their fans too

  49. fatfreddystubbs says: May 22, 2011 11:02 PM

    db3300 says:
    May 22, 2011 10:39 PM
    “but it doesn’t change the fact that they were defending Super Bowl Champs that were looking like they had a legitimate shot to repeat before he shot himself”

    Backed into the SB. Huge fluke catch off of the face mask to win it. No one outside of NY was thinking they were a serious threat to repeat even had every player returned. Take your win with pride but don’t get carried away with all of the rings you were sure to win had he not gone to prison.

    ————————————————–

    I said i was an Eagles fan you idiot so how am I supposed to take the giants Super bowl win with pride?

    And they were like 11-1 before he shot himself, so yeah, there were probably people outside New York that thought they could repeat.

  50. geo1113 says: May 22, 2011 11:15 PM

    Jackson, Maclin, Avant, Cooper – the 5th WR would be expected to contribute on special teams, I don’t see Burress doing that.

  51. hoobsher says: May 22, 2011 11:15 PM

    nope. jackson+maclin+avant+cooper=no room for burress

  52. Dustin Chace White says: May 22, 2011 11:15 PM

    I don’t honestly don’t think he would really make much of an impact at this point considering his age. I guess the eagles must think he could play the slot since they have 2 good starters already.

  53. jfw3 says: May 22, 2011 11:29 PM

    Yeah if we had unlimited roster space and could get him for cheap, but I just can’t see the eagles devoting a roster spot to a guy who is getting up there in age and who is going to be out of shape going into the season. They’d be better off working with Riley Cooper as their red Zone go to guy. He isn’t as tall or as experienced as Plax but he’s only going to get better while Plax is going to continue to decline. Besides, WR is the least of our concerns right now.

  54. gcsuk says: May 23, 2011 12:09 AM

    db3300 says:
    May 22, 2011 10:39 PM

    Backed into the SB. Huge fluke catch off of the face mask to win it. No one outside of NY was thinking they were a serious threat to repeat even had every player returned. Take your win with pride but don’t get carried away with all of the rings you were sure to win had he not gone to prison.
    ———————————————-

    Wow, someone sounds like a bitter Patriots fan (or maybe a jealous Eagles fan).

    “Backed into” the SB? How does 10 straight road wins (6 regular season, 3 playoffs) to get to the Super Bowl sound? Sound like “backing in”? They guaranteed their playoff spot with a Week 15 win against Buffalo. “Backing in” means they got in because another team that was ahead of them lost.

    “Huge fluke catch off of the face mask to win it.” Tyree’s catch never touched his face mask. He caught the ball while pressing it to his helmet. And that catch did not win the game. They scored the winning TD about 6 plays later.

    “No one outside of NY was thinking they were a serious threat to repeat even had every player returned.” The Giants were 11-1 when Plax shot himself. Pretty much everyone who knew anything about football thought they were a VERY serious contender to repeat.

    3 stupid comments in one post. Congratulations. Might be a new PFT record.

    Please try not to make your jealousy so transparent next time.

  55. nowathand twitter.com/Chris_M_Bach says: May 23, 2011 12:11 AM

    Plaxico Burress, Terrell Owens, Steve Smith (who only wants to play for San Diego, Baltimore and Oakland), Steve Breaston and maybe Chad Ochocinco and Randy Moss could really help bolster a team’s receiving corps. TJ Houshmandzadeh may get out of the offensive abyss known as Cam Cameron’s offense. I hope we see some superhero receiving corps emerge.

  56. richm2256 says: May 23, 2011 12:30 AM

    FinFan68 says:

    Why? He was better than average but not great. He is older and likely slower. Are there no better options than a guy fresh out of prison?
    ————————————————-

    Ummmm……. you’re talking about a guy who would be catching passes from ……… Mike Vick…… you know, a guy who was “better than average but not great” when the Eagles signed him ……. “fresh out of prison”.

    Right?

  57. geeeeemen says: May 23, 2011 1:12 AM

    db330- they had a legitimate shot to repeat because they were 11-1 and won @pittsburgh and @arizona (both sb teams that year) and had run all over the Ravens D for 200 yards. Then Plax shot himself and the rest is history. So you’re right, before the season started no one thought they would repeat, but at the 11-1 record there were some believers.

  58. eaglesfootballfan says: May 23, 2011 6:44 AM

    Its worth a try. You add Burress with Jackson and Maclin and you have the best WR core in the NFL hands down. Who is going to stop the speed of Jackson, the route running of Jeremy Maclin and the go up and get the ball Burress. Nobody is especially with Vick’s cannon of an arm.

  59. sufferingbirdsfan says: May 23, 2011 7:05 AM

    Well, I see the idiots are out in force on this one but I’ll contribute anyway. First off, for a change, receiver isn’t an issue in Philly. If we want to bring in a criminal how about one we can use like Aqib Talib? Tampa will be dumping him shortly assuming he stays out of jail to begin with. Second, Vick was far younger a 10 times the athlete Burress is coming out of prison and therefore a much more worthwhile player. Third, if Reid really wants to take a risk on an over the hill, troubled receiver I say go get Moss. No one’s breaking down his door with offers these days.

  60. kevinfromphilly says: May 23, 2011 8:06 AM

    They need to fix the holes in the D before they add firepower (no pun intended) to the offense.

  61. mannyicey says: May 23, 2011 9:04 AM

    Positives: Big target, good hands, really cheap and will be a model citizen.

    Negatives: Felon, Older, and haven’t played an a few years.

    My take: Give him a workout. He may be a good option off the bench. And because he’s going to be so cheap, it wouldn’t hurt financially if he sits on the bench all of 2011. And if he doesn’t measure up, gets in trouble or look at you funny, release him.

  62. nfl fan says: May 23, 2011 9:13 AM

    It’s a parole violation…can’t hang with ex-cons.

  63. tmaleman says: May 23, 2011 9:28 AM

    The Eagles have a glaring need – red zone production. A 6’4 receiver cannot be found on the current roster. As a birds fan, I think paying peanuts for a legitimate red zone threat would be money well spent

  64. oldbyrd says: May 23, 2011 9:29 AM

    Redskins

  65. memphisyinzer says: May 23, 2011 9:41 AM

    Did the Eagles not learn anything from the T.O. experiment? Forget that he’s an ex-con…..not really relevant. But, don’t forget what kind of a jerk he was. He’s not going to change! T.O. didn’t change and still hasn’t.

    Sooner or later he will return to his old self and the Eagle fans and Eagle management will be sorry. And, if the Eagles don’t take him, any team that does will also be sorry. The man has no shame and no morals.

    Don’t say you weren’t warned!

  66. wferg1121 says: May 23, 2011 9:48 AM

    His numbers dropped because the Giants lead the NFL in rushing in 08 and #4 in rushing in 07, Also he was the Giants #1 reciever at that time, so he faced double teams. I don’t think it will be the Eagles he is in the over 30 club… I am guessing St Louis, Kansas City or even back with the Giants. Tisch was a big fan of his and visited him in prison a few times. The Giants did offer to restructure his contract knowing that he was going to prison, but of course he was stupid. The Giants do have a lot of talent at WR. Steve Smith is a free agent and they had a lot of injuries at that position last year so I think it is possible. It just matters how much he blames NY for his own stupidity.

  67. Deb says: May 23, 2011 11:13 AM

    Oh come on, guys. I don’t like guns, but Burress is not a criminal in the sense of being a danger to society. He’s just like millions of other twits with a gun fetish. He purchased both the gun and the license to conceal legally. Okay, so some of the paperwork had expired and wasn’t good in New York. That hardly makes him Sammy the Bull. His sentence was a travesty.

    I don’t care who picks him up, but he deserves a second chance. We don’t need him, but yes, it would be fine with me if he came back to Pittsburgh.

  68. txgman says: May 23, 2011 5:34 PM

    Again alot of ridiculous on here, of all da comments wferg1121 said it best. As far as his condition, no one really knows if he is out of shape. He may be a little rusty but i expect alot of other players will report out of shape whenever the season begins.

  69. getweird4u says: May 23, 2011 6:02 PM

    How many cons will reid sign to prove his junky kids are really good people and he is really a good father?

  70. seabreezes51 says: May 23, 2011 8:01 PM

    Truth is, the guy does exactly what the Eagles need.
    Red Zone fade, and Vick throws it

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