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More rumblings that Plax could land in Philadelphia

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On May 22, the New York Daily News passed along rumblings that the Eagles will be first in line to pursue free agent receiver Plaxico Burress when the lockout ends. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick also gave his stamp of approval.

In a Sunday Q & A with readers, FOXSports.com reporter Adam Caplan agrees that the Eagles are likely to, at the very least, give Burress a long look.

A personnel source tells Caplan that Eagles coach Andy Reid “has always been impressed” with Plax’s “ability to beat coverage with his size.” The source predicts that Philadelphia will indeed make an attempt to sign Burress.

As Caplan notes, Burress recorded seven touchdowns and 650 yards in eight games against the Eagles when he was a Giant. Five of the touchdowns were in the red zone, where Philadelphia’s offense notoriously struggled in 2010.

The Eagles’ have a highly explosive, young receiver corps. What they don’t have is a true red-zone playmaker with the size Burress can offer. On NFL.com, he is listed at 6-foot-5, 232.

One AFC decision maker told Caplan that he believes Plax will ultimately sign a “heavily incentive-based contract,” which makes sense considering he’s been out of football since the winter of 2008 and is turning 34.

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38 Responses to “More rumblings that Plax could land in Philadelphia”
  1. Slackmo says: May 29, 2011 4:26 PM

    The Ron Plaxico Experience will not be denied!

  2. melonnhead says: May 29, 2011 4:26 PM

    The Eagles’ have a highly explosive, young receiver corps. What they don’t have is a true red-zone playmaker

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    Oh, and a Super Bowl championship. They do have an all-time winning percentage that’s better than the Bengals and Bills, though… but just barely.

  3. NFL Football Now says: May 29, 2011 4:28 PM

    There are a number of reasons it would be mutually beneficial. Wrote at length about it on Monday, here’s an excerpt:

    “Philadelphia is close to his home in New Jersey. The fans would likely embrace him after he was a fierce rival for years. Philly has passionate fans, but they know winning is most important and how productive he can be. Next, he wouldn’t have to come in right away and he the #1 guy who everyone is depending on. If he signed with the Eagles he would be given the chance to get his legs back under him and wouldn’t be rushed into the spotlight. Last but not least, the Mike Vick experience was a success and Plax doesn’t need as much rehabilitation.

    Wait…do the Eagles need Plaxico? Yes. They need a player of his size and ability, most notably in the redzone. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are two of the brightest young receivers in the game, but they are both on the smaller side with speed. Avant is a reliable slot receiver with great hands and Cooper has a chance to develop into that big threat. I’ve said a number of times that I believe Andy Reid will coach the Eagles for two more years and it is Super Bowl or bust….”

  4. dolphins4 says: May 29, 2011 4:30 PM

    It would be great to see the Eagles hire Plaxico if he can help them win a Super bowl.

  5. cup0pizza says: May 29, 2011 4:30 PM

    As a Cowboys diehard, I fully endorse this! Get him, Philly!

  6. pacificamjr says: May 29, 2011 4:35 PM

    is andy getting into garrett’s stash??…. seriously though, i hope Plax breaks a leg in philly! he and MV7 are dawgs that go way back together…

  7. jw731 says: May 29, 2011 4:39 PM

    Caplan also reports they are seriously looking at Howard Unruh, The Unibomber,Idi Amin, and as cheerleaders, Leslie Van Houton,Sadie Atkins, and Ma Barker, as Eagles fans, we can only hope these people make the failure Reid feels with his own children enough to get him into heaven……

  8. ampats says: May 29, 2011 4:40 PM

    Plexiglass will land with the first team willing to pay him the league minimum. He’s been locked up for two years and in all probability his skills which by age normally diminished will even eroded at a more rapid pace.

  9. hedleykow says: May 29, 2011 4:41 PM

    Vick + Plax + Eagles = how do you bet against that?

  10. pwall1 says: May 29, 2011 4:44 PM

    Sure, the Eagles don’t have a playmaker with the size Burress has to offer. Unless, of course, you count the 6’3, 225 lb Riley Cooper. Who is 11 years younger than Burress.

  11. captainwisdom8888 says: May 29, 2011 4:58 PM

    I can’t help but think this guy will be as fast as dirt and contribute little to the Eagles if acquired. He’s not special yet, but Riley Cooper has good size and showed signs of being a contributor last year. I’ll take the young guy in this case…

  12. sweded775 says: May 29, 2011 5:03 PM

    Vick to plax in the red zone, I can see it now I despised burress for his height , jumping ability n huge hands that terrorized even Tory Vincent , bobby Taylor dawkins and Michael lewis

  13. dbellina says: May 29, 2011 5:03 PM

    Flip, flip, flip-adelphia.

  14. gtmann says: May 29, 2011 5:13 PM

    I don’t think he can sign with the Eagles. Won’t a condition of his probation be that he can’ associate with felons ?

  15. fatfreddystubbs says: May 29, 2011 5:19 PM

    “Vick to plax in the red zone, I can see it now I despised burress for his height , jumping ability n huge hands that terrorized even Tory Vincent , bobby Taylor dawkins and Michael lewis”
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    I think you remember him terrorizing Lito and Sheldon, not Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor, since they were gone from the Eagles a couple seasons before Plax came to the Giants.

  16. phillyfan4ever says: May 29, 2011 5:29 PM

    The last time the eagles took a chance on a player coming out of jail it lead to an MVP season and a playoff run, giving the packers the best shot out of any team they faced.

    I think Vick and Plax will be good for each other and if nothing else cause serious headaches for opposing def coordinators

  17. oldbyrd says: May 29, 2011 5:34 PM

    poison

  18. rugdaniels says: May 29, 2011 5:39 PM

    hedleykow says:
    May 29, 2011 4:41 PM
    Vick + Plax + Eagles = how do you bet against that?

    Same way you bet the Eagles for the past 50 years, to lose.

  19. dogluverssuck says: May 29, 2011 5:49 PM

    captainwisdom8888 says:
    May 29, 2011 4:58 PM
    I can’t help but think this guy will be as fast as dirt and contribute little to the Eagles if acquired. He’s not special yet, but Riley Cooper has good size and showed signs of being a contributor last year. I’ll take the young guy in this case…

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    Riley Cooper is soft!

    No way does Plaxico let a smaller defender, with the game on the line, get that pick. He would have pulled him down by the jersey before he had a chance of making the game ending pick.

    Vick gave Riley Cooper a jump ball and he let the point guard steal the alley oop.

  20. phillyfan4ever says: May 29, 2011 6:15 PM

    @hedleykow

    How can you say that? They consistently have a winning record, win their division and make the playoffs? Not sure about ur logic

  21. hedleykow says: May 29, 2011 6:24 PM

    @ rugdaniels

    Instead of rugdaniels, shouldn’t it be rushdaniels?

    Neither you or Rush are very good at getting facts straight.

  22. fatfreddystubbs says: May 29, 2011 6:27 PM

    @dogluverssuck

    Are you freakin serious?! It wasn’t a “jump ball”, it was under-thrown! the criticism that Cooper should’ve done more and gone into DB mode and tried to break up the INT is legit, but to call it a jump ball implies that both players had an equal chance at catching it and that’s just flat-out false.

    Seriously, it’s okay to say Mikey made a bad decision.

  23. hedleykow says: May 29, 2011 7:08 PM

    @ phillyfan4ever

    You got me mixed up with the enemy. No worries, though, see you at the Super Bowl!

  24. 4512dawg4512 says: May 29, 2011 7:27 PM

    Plax should have gotten a few weeks in the clink and probation. Thats just one of many reasons why I hate the state of New York

  25. abninf says: May 29, 2011 9:21 PM

    hedleykow says:
    May 29, 2011 4:41 PM
    Vick + Plax + Eagles = how do you bet against that?
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    I look at Reids distaste for a running game, that’s how. McNabb + TO + Eagles was supposed to = Championship.

  26. tyreeshelmet says: May 29, 2011 9:24 PM

    Plax will be a Giant again….a turnover prone offense with the same personnel also tied an NFl record for fewest turnovers in a season in 2008, they are simply missing one player….Plaxico Burress…mark it down he will be back

  27. beastofeden says: May 29, 2011 10:54 PM

    It’s gonna be McNabb-Owens Version 2.0

  28. bleedgreen4life says: May 29, 2011 11:57 PM

    If the Eagles do sign him they would probably just use him in the redzone to get him back into the game and then if he shows progess they could gradually give him more reps. That’s IF he can still play. As an Eagles diehard I wouldn’t mind seeing him wind up in Philly after experiencing the rebirth of the Michael Vick Experience.

  29. Soulman45 says: May 30, 2011 12:08 AM

    I am a lions fan but I think it would be a great move to get him another play maker never can have to many.

  30. moochzilla says: May 30, 2011 12:46 AM

    “I look at Reids distaste for a running game, that’s how. McNabb + TO + Eagles was supposed to = Championship.”

    We should have had that parade. But someone had to be a baby and not lead the team to the promised land.

  31. diablito0402 says: May 30, 2011 2:27 AM

    Wow the eagles are signing everyone coming fresh outta jail. Or looking to do so.

  32. nodecafplz1 says: May 30, 2011 8:23 AM

    If Eagles brass believe their best time is right now,
    (which offensively, it might be) he’ll be an Eagle.

  33. melonnhead says: May 30, 2011 9:39 AM

    Sure, the Eagles don’t have a playmaker with the size Burress has to offer. Unless, of course, you count the 6’3, 225 lb Riley Cooper. Who is 11 years younger than Burress.

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    When did Riley Cooper ever make a play?

  34. melonnhead says: May 30, 2011 9:44 AM

    How can you say that? They consistently have a winning record, win their division and make the playoffs? Not sure about ur logic

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    Not sure about your logic. The Eagles have won the division once out of the last four seasons.

  35. theblowtorchreview says: May 30, 2011 1:06 PM

    Why on Earth would there be a line pursuing an elderly (by NFL receiver standards) convict who hasn’t played in 3 years?

  36. o0omorriso0o says: May 30, 2011 8:18 PM

    How can you say that? They consistently have a winning record, win their division and make the playoffs? Not sure about ur logic

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    Not sure about your logic. The Eagles have won the division once out of the last four seasons.

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    Won division in: 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 10
    Made playoffs in: 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 08, 09, 10

    I would say the Eagles are for the most part pretty consistent at winning. And is the more consistent winning team within the division. Sure the immature fans will say no SuperBowls but we all know that’s “1 game” and it sometimes requires some luck. Point is the Eagles win allot!!!

  37. o0omorriso0o says: May 30, 2011 8:20 PM

    Not to mention they are among the 4 most winningest teams in the NFL (Eagles, Steelers, Patriots, & Colts) and the winningest team in the NFC!!!

  38. o0omorriso0o says: May 30, 2011 8:26 PM

    He may or may not have the skills to replace any of our younger talented receivers. But he still has the size and a couple practices will get his hands back I’m sure. Its the speed I think we are all talking about as far as rust and being in football shape. That’s not what Plax brings to the table anyways. Its size and big hands and those don’t go away because of prison. A few snaps in the redzone wont hurt for as cheep as he is probably going to come. Never say never though. Nobody thought Vick could still play and WOW were we wrong… Eagles are probably the most linked team to namdi (oakland CB), as well as Haynesworth (playing for his favorite DL coach he will be a beast), and Jason Babin (who went to the probowl last year) too which would elevate their defense a couple notches as well. Eagles could be serious SuperBowl contenders this year if they snag just 1 or 2 of these guys. Heck they got a great shot at making the playoffs even if they don’t so its a great time to be an Eagles fan, not to mention what they might get for Kolb…

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