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Some cold water thrown on the Plaxico Burress-to-Eagles rumors

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Once the Plaxic0 Burress-to-Philadelphia chatter picked up, we suppose this was inevitable.  It’s the Plaxico-to-Philly backlash.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says all of the talk about the Eagles interest is coming from Plaxico’s side, not the Eagles. “Trust me on this,” McLane wrote.

Furthermore, McLane raises a terrific point about whether Burress makes sense for the Eagles. (And by “terrific point,” we mean he said something we agree with.)

The Eagles have deep speed at wide receiver in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. They have a good slot receiver (Jason Avant) and a promising No. 4 wideout with size (Riley Cooper.) More importantly, they have more pressing needs.

Does Burress want to win or does he want to start?  Because there doesn’t appear to be a starting job or a starter’s contract possible in Philadelphia.  A place like St. Louis or Washington makes a lot more sense.

Unless truly no one wants the guy, Burress’ earning potential figures to be better somewhere other than Philadelphia.

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39 Responses to “Some cold water thrown on the Plaxico Burress-to-Eagles rumors”
  1. ICDogg says: Jun 3, 2011 2:13 PM

    I’ve felt this way all along. Exactly how does he fit on the Eagles? It never made much sense to me.

  2. pacificamjr says: Jun 3, 2011 2:19 PM

    i knew this rumor didnt have a leg to stand on… the dawg days of summer are upon us, endless FA rumors…

  3. chadmurdigan says: Jun 3, 2011 2:19 PM

    If Plax grew up and changed while in prison, he should be a fantastic addition for someone.

  4. pacificamjr says: Jun 3, 2011 2:20 PM

    no doubt the eagles would pull the trigger on Plax if the think he could be #3 wr

  5. greenbleeder says: Jun 3, 2011 2:25 PM

    Enter Red Zone.
    Insert Plax.
    Simple.

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 3, 2011 2:27 PM

    The birds are good with what they got…enjoy Oakland, Plax.

  7. bigbeefyd says: Jun 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    Hope he familiarizes himself with the gun laws in whatever state he ends up in.

  8. inandywetrust2011 says: Jun 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    This signing makes perfect sense for the Birds. Forget the “promising Riley Cooper” Eagle fans WILL NEVER forgive the promising Mr. Cooper for letting that last pass of the season get intercepted.
    A stud “big man” like Plaxico will free up DeSean, Maclin, and DeSean. This will be the Eagles first signing.

  9. citizenstrange says: Jun 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    With his couple of years lost revenue Plax has to go for the biggest payday.

  10. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    Oh, well. It would’ve been interesting to see a dog murdering QB throw to a self-inflicted, gunshot-wounding WR.

    Good luck with the BENGALS, Plax.

  11. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 3, 2011 2:32 PM

    “Because there doesn’t appear to be a starting job or a starter’s contract possible in Philadelphia. A place like St. Louis or Washington makes a lot more sense.”

    I’d like to see him wind up with the Rams. The team showed a disturbing amount of promise last year. Adding a podiatric autoabuser like Burress might help correct that.

  12. ICDogg says: Jun 3, 2011 2:35 PM

    Gun to head, I bet this doesn’t get done. Gun to leg, that is.

  13. elmarkleo says: Jun 3, 2011 2:39 PM

    Um… the Eagles weren’t exactly QB-needy when they went after Vick, either, and he sure didn’t SEEM to have a chance at a starting job at the time.

    The only difference I see in the two situations is that the crime everyone perceives Burress of being guilty of isn’t nearly as heinous as the one they perceive Vick as being guilty of. Neither was convicted of the crime that most popular opinion seems to cite, and I’d even argue that a weapons conviction is more unseemly than a gambling one, but those aren’t the charges in the court of public opinion that either guy is trying to rehab their image from…

    That may give Burress more options than Vick had, but if the Eagles are looking to catch lightning in a bottle twice with a charity case, they may remain interested — especially if Plax has a harder time finding a team than people expect.

  14. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 3, 2011 2:40 PM

    just a lil tid bit for all you giants fans out there.. you cats aint beat us since Plax was on your squad. . (now throw your ring talk in my face)

    Jason Avant is the best preseason receiver we have.. he cost us two different games by dropping TD catches.. DROPPIN not missin.

    Plax would be #3 .. cooper and avant cant hold the 08′ Sexico Burress’s jock.

    he’s not gonna be pricey so we can still solve the problems on D (which i doubt the eagles will anyway)
    we are no where near the cap so we should be buying up all the starting talent we can.. Like 2LBs 1CB a hog DT & even a nice RT..
    gettin plax wouldnt change any of that.

  15. donterrelli says: Jun 3, 2011 2:43 PM

    Prepare for D.C., Plax.

  16. bucket99 says: Jun 3, 2011 2:47 PM

    What about the Vikings? We could use him. Berrian has to go, and Rice might go. Makes sense, Doesn’t it?

  17. Dawggpound says: Jun 3, 2011 2:50 PM

    Eagles??? More like Jailbirds if they add him to the roster.

  18. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 3, 2011 2:53 PM

    Just FYI, whoever offers him the MOST money will be the team he plays for. He has absolutely no preference as to which QB throws to him – he just wants to get paid.

    But hey, watch and see for yourselves.

  19. sweded775 says: Jun 3, 2011 2:56 PM

    “promising” isn’t PROVEN big big difference, have we for gotten how stagnant the offense got last year when the field shrank i.e. Red Zone ! ! When it gets close quarters and desean gets smothered its about who can go the highest to get it, key here is to have a killer instinct to come down with it! I see plax getting passed on and signing 1yr cheap deal that will leave him hungry to contribute anyway he can

  20. flyinhighwithvick says: Jun 3, 2011 2:59 PM

    Riley Cooper: promising. LOL

  21. nevin999 says: Jun 3, 2011 3:18 PM

    Notwithstanding the Eagles could certainly use a good redzone target, I agree with Jeff McLane (and by extension Rosenthal) that Plaxico Burress doesn’t appear to make much sense for the Eagles.

  22. reidstinks says: Jun 3, 2011 3:32 PM

    inandywetrust2011 says: Jun 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    This signing makes perfect sense for the Birds. Forget the “promising Riley Cooper” Eagle fans WILL NEVER forgive the promising Mr. Cooper for letting that last pass of the season get intercepted.

    xxxxxxxxx

    Forgive him? Only those that blindly follow Mr. Vick ever considered blaming him in the first place.

    It’s ok to acknowledge that Vick isn’t perfect. But I doubt anyone with a screen name like the one you have has the ability to think clearly anyway.

  23. tombrookshire says: Jun 3, 2011 4:06 PM

    Does he want to win? Sure, but it will be one and done in the playoffs as usual. Is that good enough for Plax?

  24. cw3214 says: Jun 3, 2011 4:08 PM

    It took Vick a full year to get back into football shape. I don’t know if Plaxico is even thinking about a starting spot right away.

  25. virginiaiggle says: Jun 3, 2011 4:24 PM

    You put too much faith in the musings of McLane. The first story he breaks will be…well, his first.

    He’s trotted out some gems in the past (some of which he heavily edited after being criticized or simply proven wrong), such as “McNabb to Rams Not Yet Completed” (http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-eagles/McNabb_to_the_Rams_on_the_table.html) and “Desean and Maclin in Recievers’ Quarrel” (http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-eagles/DeSean_and_Maclin_in_receiver_spat.html).

    This one about Plaxico Burress is McLane at his best…trust me on this.

  26. hoobsher says: Jun 3, 2011 4:38 PM

    this is what ive been thinking, theres literally no room for him on the team.

    people say mcnabb and kolb left no room for vick, but vick brought his speed and athleticism and possibility for trick plays to the table. whatever remains to be said on plaxs behalf can already be said about at least one of our wideouts.

    although on the bright side, washington might sign him, then he and donny can have fun while on the bench together. after all, plax was very close to ending up as mcnabbs receiver all those years ago.

  27. laeaglefan says: Jun 3, 2011 4:40 PM

    Both Vick and Burress spent less than two years in jail for committing no crime against another human being. Vick was convicted for cruelty to dogs. Burress was convicted for shooting HIMSELF. I wonder how much time these guys would have gotten if they actually had injured other people.

  28. mimitaroo says: Jun 3, 2011 4:48 PM

    McLane also said ‘trust me’ when he called the McNabb to Raiders trade a done deal. Fail.

  29. tinbender2000 says: Jun 3, 2011 5:05 PM

    I think the Raiders would be a good fit. Someone tall for the end zone would help, Jason would not have to be pinpoint, and he could help with the young receivers. Dude shot himself on accident, doesn’t make him a bad guy.

  30. wferg1121 says: Jun 3, 2011 5:54 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    Jun 3, 2011 2:40 PM
    “just a lil tid bit for all you giants fans out there.. you cats aint beat us since Plax was on your squad. . (now throw your ring talk in my face)”

    Can’t argue with your point, Plax was a big difference maker. Too be fair the Eagles have gotten better on offense since then. Another unknown stat on the Giants they pretty much have been in the top 10 worst team in drops Eli’s career.. 2007 Led the NFL in drops(Superbowl year), last year they were 8th with 32 drops. So we still have a really young WR’s and we played the Eagles with Trash off the street. You guys miss Jimmy Johnson…

    P.S. I can’t exactly throw your own rings in your face

  31. hobartbaker says: Jun 3, 2011 7:29 PM

    Plax’s hopes get shot down again.

  32. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 3, 2011 7:34 PM

    the reason burress makes perfect sense for the eagles is that if he is on their team, the short corners they have won’t be beaten by him. and the difference between the eagles and the giants prior to his meltdown was that the birds had no one to match up with him. remember the comeback in overtime when he caught a ball over sheldon’s head?

    my money is on the eagles blowing smoke up maclane’s dress…..

  33. fmwarner says: Jun 4, 2011 4:44 AM

    If McLane said it’s not going to happen, then you might as well start selling midnight green Plax jerseys right now.

  34. macjacmccoy says: Jun 4, 2011 8:25 PM

    Even though I agree with the guy bc its basically common sense that the Eagles are set at wr and have other needs dont ever listen to a Philadelphia beat writer if you wanna know what the Eagles are going to do. Or any sports reporter for that matter.

    They are never right. They always say the Eagles are going hard after some free agent(Houshmanzadeh,Peppers…) or about to make some big trade(Gross,Boldin…) but it never happens and the trades they do make(Sims,Harrison…) and the players they do sign(Samuel,Vick…) no one even knew they were considering it.

    I dont know the last time they got a draft pick right or the position for that matter. This year Eagles are up everyone says they are going CB Jimmy Smith they go OG Watkins, Last year Eagles move up everyone knows who there going to pick S Earl Thomas but their wrong they go DE Brandon Graham, 09 they say OT or DE they take WR Maclin, 08 they Say Wr they go DT Trevor Laws, 07 they draft QB Kevin Kolb no one saw that coming.

    But for some reason every year guys like McLane and Sheftler come out with these reports on what the Eagles are and arent going to do and people actually listening. Not only that they repeat it and even qoute these guys. I dont get how these guys are considered good at their jobs when they are wrong most of the time.

    Well let me try. I use a highly mathematical for predicting where players will go. Heres the equation because everyone thinks the Eagles are going to go all out to get Nnamdi Asomughwa and they have them as 1 of the front runners to sign him I predict the opposite.

    The Philadelphia Eagle will not sign Nnamdi Asomughwa.

  35. philahitman says: Jun 5, 2011 8:34 AM

    The Eagles weakness has been for sometime, and still is, red zone scoring. Plax can still be effective in red zone situations. Thats where he fits IF he’s willing to be a #3 or #4 option.

  36. philahitman says: Jun 5, 2011 8:37 AM

    It would also be tampering for the Eagles to express interest in Plaxico.

  37. ICDogg says: Jun 5, 2011 6:04 PM

    I don’t think tampering applies when the player involved is an unrestricted free agent.

    However, there is absolutely no point for them to do so when players can’t be signed anyway. Unless they really don’t want him and are just messing with the media.

  38. n0hopeleft says: Jun 6, 2011 5:21 PM

    captainwisdom8888 says:Jun 3, 2011 2:27 PM

    The birds are good with what they got…enjoy Oakland, Plax.

    __________________________________

    They are? Seems to me when an organization has ONE goal in mind, and cannot accomplish that goal in over 40 years, YOU ARENT GOOD WITH WHAT YOU GOT..

    Good Talk.

  39. n0hopeleft says: Jun 6, 2011 5:26 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:Jun 3, 2011 2:40 PM

    just a lil tid bit for all you giants fans out there.. you cats aint beat us since Plax was on your squad. . (now throw your ring talk in my face)

    __________________________________

    OK… Your organization has had ONE goal since inception. It still hasn’t happened in over 40 years.. There’s a word for that in the English language: LOSERS.

    Take that to the bank homey.

    Good Talk.

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