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Pittsburgh columnist wants Steelers to sign Plaxico Burress

New York Giants wide receiver Burress talks to defensive end Strahan on field for practice for their upcoming NFL Super Bowl game against the New England Patriots in Tempe

Plaxico Burress hasn’t played in an NFL game since November of 2008 and will soon turn 34. He’s spent the majority of the past two years in prison. It’s virtually impossible to say what’s left in Burress’ tank, but Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook is making a case for the Steelers to sign him.

According to Cook, “it makes perfect sense” for the Steelers to give Plax another shot because he was “a great teammate” during his time in Pittsburgh and gave quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a big receiver with playmaking ability.

“I couldn’t say one negative thing about him,” said Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians back in 2009. “He was a quality kid. He never gave me anything but great effort on the field and in the classroom.”

The Steelers let Burress depart in free agency six years ago because they couldn’t afford both him and Hines Ward. After a holdout in 2005, Ward received a four-year extension worth $25.83 million. Burress signed a six-year, $25 million deal with the Giants.

“I remember him crying at our meeting after the [AFC] championship game when he said goodbye because he knew it was his last meeting as a Steeler,” added Arians. “He wasn’t the only one crying because he was leaving.”

Ward remains a Steeler, and the team has developed youngsters Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Antonio Brown behind him.

Burress gets out of jail next Monday. An unrestricted free agent — the Giants released him before the prison term — Plax could add size and some veteran savvy to the Pittsburgh receiver corps if they’re willing to take a chance.

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29 Responses to “Pittsburgh columnist wants Steelers to sign Plaxico Burress”
  1. JackLeone says: May 29, 2011 12:15 PM

    He’ll probably end up with the Raiders…

  2. tfbuckfutter says: May 29, 2011 12:16 PM

    I don’t know if Plax would want to play with Ben again.

    After spending time in prison he may have a negative opinion regarding unwanted sex.

  3. 49erman says: May 29, 2011 12:16 PM

    I don’t believe the Steelers will sign Burress. Plax would not start ahead of Wallace or Ward, Sanders had a solid rookie season so to me, Burress would be their no. 4.

  4. Bubby Brister says: May 29, 2011 12:17 PM

    There’s a better chance of the Steelers bringing back Yancey Thigpen than there is Plaxico Burress.

  5. carson9 says: May 29, 2011 12:21 PM

    Being a Bengals fan I hope the Steelers sign Plaxico too.

  6. jw731 says: May 29, 2011 12:23 PM

    I’m no Steelers fan, but does any columnist anywhere in America actually think their opinions matter, about personnel decisions?….Espically for the team that has more lombardi’s than anyone in the league?….His agent had him plant this story a few days before he was released..it seems they know what they are doing without a columnist telling them……

  7. help me says: May 29, 2011 12:27 PM

    “I remember him crying at our meeting after the [AFC] championship game when he said goodbye because he knew it was his last meeting as a Steeler,” added Arians. “He wasn’t the only one crying because he was leaving.”

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    Aww, Boo Hoo. Burress could have stayed in Pittsburgh if he had taken less money.

  8. duanethomas says: May 29, 2011 12:28 PM

    Been there done that……Plax needs a new fresh start, somewhere out west….and not Oakland.

  9. paulieorkid says: May 29, 2011 12:29 PM

    My guess is Plax will want his last big payday to be a HUGE one – and we really need to lock up Ike. QBs like Rodgers, Brees and Brady give us fits … and that was WITH Ike.

    We also have Woodley franchised – but with the unresolved CBA matter, there is uncertainty about its long term viability, force and effect.

    And don’t forget about Timmons. We’ve finally groomed him into the monster that he is — would be a damned shame if we don’t extend him this year, since this is the last year of his contract and Timmon can hit Free Agency in as little as 8 months.

  10. cup0pizza says: May 29, 2011 12:45 PM

    Plaxico’s a scumbag, the Stealers are scumbags. Perfect reunion.

  11. cleoface says: May 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    cup0pizza says: May 29, 2011 12:45 PM

    Plaxico’s a scumbag, the Stealers are scumbags. Perfect reunion.

    Tough words behind your mother’s keyboard. If a Steeler or on of their fans heard you day that, you’d need a change of underwear. Get a life dude.

  12. zinn22 says: May 29, 2011 1:35 PM

    I would imagine at Plax’s age with two years off. Any deal he signs will be 1-2 years for the Veteran Minim plus incentives which likely he will not reach. It will be the type of deal a team will be able to cut him in training camp with nothing lost. In fact i would not be surprised to see him cut by whomever signs him with the intent of bringing him back in week 2 to avoid the guaranteed salary.

  13. joeboratko says: May 29, 2011 1:52 PM

    Before i even read the article i knew Ron Crook wrote it. Worst writer in Pittsburgh.

  14. steelerskicktheravens says: May 29, 2011 2:31 PM

    please plax wear black&yellow.

  15. kcbuds says: May 29, 2011 2:41 PM

    cleoface says: May 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    cup0pizza says: May 29, 2011 12:45 PM

    Plaxico’s a scumbag, the Stealers are scumbags. Perfect reunion.

    Tough words behind your mother’s keyboard. If a Steeler or on of their fans heard you day that, you’d need a change of underwear. Get a life dude.

    While cup0pizza may be behind his mother’s keyboard, which i don’t agree with, you might want to talk to your mom about getting you some lessons on how to use her keyboard and English lessons.

  16. cup0pizza says: May 29, 2011 4:37 PM

    Cleoface, I wouldn’t hesitate to express my distain for your low class organization to you or anyone face to face. And as stated by another user, you seriously need to learn English and typing.

  17. fat4jc says: May 29, 2011 4:49 PM

    Ron Cook is a hack. I stopped reading once I saw the article was from him.

  18. raynman49 says: May 29, 2011 5:06 PM

    When do you learn your lesson? Steelers:no, Giants: no! Late for meetings, etc,etc. Grow up!

  19. stairwayto7 says: May 29, 2011 5:34 PM

    Plax to the Packers!

  20. commandercornpone says: May 29, 2011 6:53 PM

    yes, like when he spiked the ball in the main field after not being tackled. hello, turnover…

  21. righthereisay says: May 29, 2011 6:59 PM

    This the same Plaxico that spiked the ball in the middle of the play, twice?

  22. discosucs2005 says: May 29, 2011 7:02 PM

    I don’t think the character issues are the reason the Steelers wont sign him. They just don’t usually sign many offensive free agents, or at least big name ones. But maybe he will be cheap enough.

  23. kyleortonsarm says: May 29, 2011 8:13 PM

    I guess he already passed the initial phase of becoming a Steeler. He was arrested for a crime.

  24. Deb says: May 29, 2011 9:18 PM

    I’d be thrilled for Plaxico to get the chance to revive his career in Pittsburgh as long as it doesn’t disrupt any efforts we might make to strengthen the team at corner and o-line where we most need help.

  25. JSpicoli says: May 29, 2011 9:44 PM

    JackLeone says:
    May 29, 2011 12:15 PM
    He’ll probably end up with the Raiders…

    __________________________________

    So Einstein, tell us all about the last 3 turds the Raiders signed? You better break out the ginko biloba because it’s been about 15 years.

    Old morons die hard.

  26. JSpicoli says: May 29, 2011 9:47 PM

    Tell us how Tank Johnson, PacMan Jones, Vick, T.O., and all the other supposed “Natural Raiders” were never given a SNIFF by the supposed mediot favorite to claim them.

    Some people don’t care about reality if it doesn’t match the fantasy world in their head.

  27. jerrydesaulniers says: May 29, 2011 10:21 PM

    I could see the possibility. Plax might benefit from a tough locker room and a team with a winning tradition. Best of luck to him!

  28. bmorehomeofthewire says: May 30, 2011 9:35 PM

    If Steelers sign Plaxiglass they will be shooting themselves in the foot, literally….

  29. steeltiger34 says: May 31, 2011 2:52 PM

    I would like Plax to come back. He worked well with a young Ben. The only issue would be Ward, Wallace, Sanders, Brown and (hopefully) Sweed. Maybe put Wallace and Plax on the outsides and have Ward play the slot. Brown and Sanders can rotate as the 4 and give Sweed a chance as the 5? Randle El and Battle should be gone with Sanders and Brown showing ability in multiple roles.

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