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Plaxico gets another chance in Pittsburgh

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Last year, receiver Plaxico Burress languished on the open market for months.  He eventually signed with the Steelers in November, appearing in four games with three starts.

This year, Burress won’t be hanging around.

Burress has agreed to terms to return to the Steelers, per a source with knowledge of the situaiton.

Terms of the deal aren’t yet known.  Chances are that the salary is at the veteran minimum, possibly with incentives based on his performance and playing time.

Burress started his career as a first-round pick in Pittsburgh.  After five seasons with the Steelers, he joined the Giants.  In November 2008, he fired a bullet through his leg in a Manhattan nightclub and ultimately went to prison for carrying an unregistered concealed weapon in New York.

Released in the summer of 2011, Burress signed with the Jets after the lockout, catching eight touchdown passes in 16 games.  Last year, he managed three receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown.

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79 Responses to “Plaxico gets another chance in Pittsburgh”
  1. kingpel says: Mar 12, 2013 1:57 PM

    His numbers will be better than Mike Wallace.

  2. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 12, 2013 1:59 PM

    The Steelers now have 4 WR on their roster I would take over the Ravens #2.

  3. jarvis1104 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    Nice to have him back. Will definitely be helpful in the red zone if used.

  4. InFact says: Mar 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    Whoa: This re-signing is contingent on a background check.

    On Burress, not on his guns.

  5. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 2:02 PM

    Championship.

  6. larrydavid7000 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:03 PM

    did he have to surrender his stupidity at the front office.

  7. marionbarber24isgod says: Mar 12, 2013 2:03 PM

    Wow, just keep getting older and older.

  8. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 12, 2013 2:03 PM

    BTW- Steelers restrucured Woodley a few hours ago and freed up another 4+ MM. Looks like weve got $$ to play with!

  9. ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 2:04 PM

    Wow! Just simply wow! This is the solution their front office comes up with for losing Wallace? And they wonder why an 8-8 finish and missing the playoffs entirely is just the beggining.

  10. mikethesteelerfan says: Mar 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    I am happy with that, need to grab some future wideouts in the draft though..

  11. illiniftw says: Mar 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    This might be his last chance. He better not shoot himself in the foot! (Or leg)

  12. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    LaCanfora reporting that it’s a 1yr, vet min.

  13. Cereal says: Mar 12, 2013 2:06 PM

    Hilarious…so the Steelers finish last in the AFC North this year right ?

  14. jrock3x8 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:06 PM

    I thought it was an Applebee’s, not a nightclub – ah, good memories…the Applebee’s legend will live on forever…

  15. ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 2:06 PM

    Whats funnier? The fact that their front office is so broke they have to pickup a receiver no one wants or the fans who claim he will have a breakout year.

  16. riceforpres27 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:06 PM

    Nothin like a loser steeler fan bringing the ravens in something that has nothing to do with them! Don’t worry you’ll suck this year too!

  17. surfinbird1 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    Glad it’s not “Plaxico gets another shot in Pittsburg”.

  18. 3yardsndust says: Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    So William Gay is an old guy who is too slow to cover, and Plaxico is an old guy who is too slow to break free.

  19. rajbais says: Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    I was not opposed to him coming back.

    I am happy for him, but he needs to be in the best shape of his life next season. If there are big shoes to fill with Mike Wallace gone and his play was questioned after he joined the Jets he really needs to work his butt off to show naysayers wrong.

    He has to show that he can still be helpful contributor to anyone’s passing game.

  20. ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    It is signings like this one that make me so proud to have a competent front office capable of putting a winning product on the field.

  21. buzzbeaubank says: Mar 12, 2013 2:08 PM

    At least they now have a WR taller than 5’10”, but this feels desperate. The reigning champs are getting younger while Colbert reloads with retreads. Hilarious.

  22. ravensallday2012 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:08 PM

    I steeled fans r a joke. This is a sign of ur poorly run front office. Noone wanted him last year and he won’t do anything this year. Over paid brown terrible oline. Ravens own Pitt once again

  23. Cereal says: Mar 12, 2013 2:08 PM

    At least Ben has his intellectual equal on the team

  24. bmoritz2003 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:09 PM

    Excellent! He played very well in his limited time last year, and I expect him to have a larger role this coming season. This is a pleasant surprise!

  25. haterade999 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    This should put them over the top!

  26. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 12, 2013 2:12 PM

    What does this say about Wallace’s attitude? I’ll take a covict over a you. Ouch, Wallace heads to south beach.

  27. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 12, 2013 2:12 PM

    You could have went with another shot but decided to take the high road.

  28. davikes says: Mar 12, 2013 2:12 PM

    Zero risk. If he can’t play, they’ll cut him before the season starts. So why not?

  29. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2013 2:15 PM

    LOL MORONS..I’m talkin bout Ratbird Ravens fans..

  30. ironcity6pak says: Mar 12, 2013 2:16 PM

    What’s funnier, the steelers doing their best with what they have or the ravens going from Super Bowl to no making the playoffs this season.

  31. jdouble777 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:17 PM

    Definitely and Plaxico should never be used in the same sentence. His value has always been stretching the field which is no longer possible given his age. There is a reason not a single team signed last year until PIT got desperate. Decent low risk fair upside move that is traditional of black and gold, but not even close to saving the passing game’s seemingly imminent struggles, especially if the ground game continues to be non-existent.

    Might be time for the rebuild.

  32. stillers1229 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:18 PM

    Ravenator: Talk to me when you win TWO superbowls in 4 year span. Til then, well… keep talking, because I just love witnessing your insecurity.

  33. grs27 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:21 PM

    Excellent signing- gives Ben a big red zone target.
    Steelers/Bengals will compete for AFC North crown in 2013- Possibly even the Browns leapfrogging the Slipping Ravens now.

  34. richkotitte says: Mar 12, 2013 2:21 PM

    Next on the agenda is talking Hines out of retirement, then trading for Santonio.

    It’s called building from the past up.

  35. jtm12180 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:23 PM

    ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    It is signings like this one that make me so proud to have a competent front office capable of putting a winning product on the field.

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    the same front office/ownership that has won 2 super in a 4 year span recently…idiot

  36. stainlessstill says: Mar 12, 2013 2:27 PM

    Good signing. Cheap, experience with Ben and shown he can still be a threat in the red-zone with Mark Sanchez throwing him the ball. I expect to sign a quiet and affordable running back and go after much needed talent in the draft that will plug-N-play immediately. When healthy, the Steelers will contend and won’t go away lightly. 2-3 injuries away from an average Steelers team overtaking the division in 2012. Don’t lose too much sleep, ravenator. Yap all you can now. I’ll be looking forward to your silence soon enough.

  37. tedmurph says: Mar 12, 2013 2:27 PM

    Hey steely, I count two. Unless you think Cotchery or one of those street free agents is better than JJones.

  38. stuckthefeelers says: Mar 12, 2013 2:28 PM

    HAHAHAHA! You pick up burress and William gay while you watch Wallace and Lewis leave!? This team is becoming as big of a joke as the fans. Is Colbert a ravens fan? I would absolutely take the browns roster over yours right now. Do you idiots not realize restructuring is a bad thing? Keep getting outplayed by the bengals, it only gets worse for you from here

  39. justintuckrule says: Mar 12, 2013 2:29 PM

    John Stallworth probably has more left in the tank.

  40. mikeknowsfb says: Mar 12, 2013 2:31 PM

    I really believe Ravenater to a true Steeler fan in disguise. Looks like the Ravens need a No 2 receiver if you ask me…

  41. leo133074 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:31 PM

    Championship!

  42. mancinibread says: Mar 12, 2013 2:31 PM

    Good riddance to Wallace, he is lazy and stupid. Plax at least has something to prove, he will be a good fit.

  43. kmglynn16 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:32 PM

    Congrats plax. Shut all the haters up.

  44. maddog111 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:34 PM

    stuckthefeelers says:
    Mar 12, 2013 2:28 PM
    HAHAHAHA! You pick up burress and William gay while you watch Wallace and Lewis leave!? This team is becoming as big of a joke as the fans. Is Colbert a ravens fan? I would absolutely take the browns roster over yours right now. Do you idiots not realize restructuring is a bad thing? Keep getting outplayed by the bengals, it only gets worse for you from here
    ——————————————
    We hear the same thing every year. And watch and see who wins the north next year.

    You’re so obsessed with the Steelers you’ve got to use them in your absolutely hillarious screen name. Very original.

  45. itsnolen says: Mar 12, 2013 2:36 PM

    Plaxico gets another shot in Pittsburgh.

    Title fixed.

  46. spankygreen says: Mar 12, 2013 2:37 PM

    larrydavid7000 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 2:03 PM
    did he have to surrender his stupidity at the front office.

    Larrydavid6500….who has 2 first names anymore? BTW, would you ask the same question of dick cheney?

  47. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    Why are Ravens fans so obsessed with the Steelers? A lot of money freed up. FA or Lewis signing coming?

  48. stainlessstill says: Mar 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    We didn’t pick up Burress. We signed him last season and has shown he can be a valuable red-zone threat as a 4th WR. Willie Gay is a nickel-back and Wallace is nowhere near his asking price. We’ve restructured contracts to reconcile with the cap for years, something Baltimore will find find out real quick in a few years time. We are suring-up our roster that make us better with depth. I bet you were one of those fans that thought the Eagles signing all those HUGE NAME!!!!! Free Agents guaranteed a Super Bowl. Kevin Colbert, not Ozzie Newsome, is the best GM in the NFL. Ozzie will feel the crunch when Flacco is churning out 12/20, 120 yard elite performances, LOL.

  49. chawk12thman says: Mar 12, 2013 2:40 PM

    He could easily be the comeback player of the year……Or not. It will likely be more up to him as we all know that Plax was one of the best before he shot himself. I hope he does well.

  50. citizenstrange says: Mar 12, 2013 2:41 PM

    I think this means that the Steelers will NOT take a receiver in at least the first four rounds.
    Which is smart. There are a lot more pressing needs.

    Also, the Steelers could have Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and an in his prime Jerry Rice and the Steelers would still lose a game when their defense only gives up six points.

  51. stainlessstill says: Mar 12, 2013 2:42 PM

    For the record, Keenan Lewis had ONE, count them, ONE good season as a starting corner and a lousy 1 interception performance. Cortez Allen is a young and fresh prospect who is a big hitter and a NOSE for the football. Why overspend on a corner when we have Allen just as, if not, better than Lewis (who rotted on the bench for 4 seasons)? If there’s any overrated FA, it’s Keenan Lewis.

  52. riceforpres27 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:43 PM

    Oh we won 2 in a 4 year span, and we didn’t even make the playoffs! 8-8! Get used to it! At least you’ll have January off to think about what happened!

  53. ravenmuscle says: Mar 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    Colbert’s a genius alright…did Plexiglass shoot himself in the a$$ when he signed his contract at age 67. The AGING Steelers are really desparate.

  54. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    Your exclamation points must make your statements true!

  55. justafanofitall says: Mar 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    He signed….but doesn’t always mean he makes the team for starting day.

  56. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 2:46 PM

    @stainless
    Lewis was also something like number one against passes defended. He ain’t chopped liver.

  57. mj1818 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:46 PM

    Just another sign to help them get back on track! Now the Steelers 4th receiver is better than anyone on the ravens, which is kind of sad really lol.

  58. getyourownname says: Mar 12, 2013 2:47 PM

    Let’s see. In 2012, 4 games, 3 starts, 3 receptions, 42 yards.

    Other teams are clearly hoping he plays the entire 16 game schedule in 2013.

  59. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    We Offered Wallace 5 years 50m last year..didnt “Watch him leave” Keenan Lewis ain’t went nowhere yet but if he’s gona act like his best friend Wallace and act like 1 good year should get him Revis $ He can go too! Restructuring deals do hurt in the long run..but that’s not why we went 8-8..

  60. boogerhut says: Mar 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    ravensallday2012 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:08 PM

    I steeled fans r a joke. This is a sign of ur poorly run front office. Noone wanted him last year and he won’t do anything this year. Over paid brown terrible oline. Ravens own Pitt once again
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    More practice on the Speak-n-Spell, then repost.

  61. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 2:50 PM

    Again, it’s a one year deal for the vet min. Ravens fans are acting like Plaxico was some major signing.

  62. ctsteelersfan says: Mar 12, 2013 2:51 PM

    There were at least 10 x last year I would have traded wallace for a 6th pick. Burress just needs to be good on 3rd downs…

  63. jeffa43 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:52 PM

    Great signing… Red zone depth will be nice when we get Miller back. Brown, Sanders, Miller & Plax …. Solid! I think Plax will have a lot more chances this yr, and more TDs then sloppy hands, bad attitude/I don’t like cold weather Wallace.

    Now we know Ravenator is lacking intelligence besides humor.

    Worry about your own team with no safety, no go to WR who will go up strong and fight for Flaccos jump balls.

  64. stainlessstill says: Mar 12, 2013 2:52 PM

    ravenmuscle, you do realize the Steelers now own one of THEE youngest offensive lines in the entire NFL, right? Their actually getting younger in almost every position and you’ll see more draft picks get their nod. McClendon will replace Hampton. Heyward will replace Keisel. Cortez Allen is making a name for himself. Antonio Brown. Emmanuel Sanders. Lots of upcoming youth with veteran-wise mixed in. Health is the issue with the Steelers, NOT age. Before Ben’s injury, the Steelers were 6-3 and labeled the best team in the NFL before Ben’s freak injury. Transition into the new offense (got a years experience) tighten down, get healthy and return the league’s #1 defense with a few wrinkles and the Steelers will be chappin’ that a$$ in no time.

  65. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 12, 2013 2:54 PM

    Plaxico is a play maker. I wish the Jets would have kept him.

  66. steelers4385 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:57 PM

    Just heard steelers signed foote to deal. Anyone but me see that he is terrible and couldnt even hack it on the 0 and 16 lions?

  67. gotspiccoli2013 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    Forget about shooting himself in the leg, what about all the bad debts he left when he was in Pittsburgh. People hated him and he had a rep for never paying for anything he owed or showing up to events that he agreed to. What ever happened to the good old Cowher Steelers that used to find the talents in the draft?

  68. jimiinpa says: Mar 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    BTW- Steelers restrucured Woodley a few hours ago and freed up another 4+ MM. Looks like weve got $$ to play with!———–you are gonna need it for adult diapers with all of the over the hill gang ya got

  69. stainlessstill says: Mar 12, 2013 3:02 PM

    The Ravens sure are good at holding. Even in that picture, Plax is getting held. Michael Crabtree understands. Only Torrey Smith can get away with pushoffs.

  70. bostonbias says: Mar 12, 2013 3:03 PM

    I steeled fans r a joke. This is a sign of ur poorly run front office. Noone wanted him last year and he won’t do anything this year. Over paid brown terrible oline. Ravens own Pitt once again

    ???? Is grammer something in Baltimore that is not taught?

  71. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 3:04 PM

    Steelers4385 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 2:57 PM
    Just heard steelers signed foote to deal. Anyone but me see that he is terrible and couldnt even hack it on the 0 and 16 lions?

    Agreed. Sucks. But you can’t fill all holes in one fell swoop.

  72. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2013 3:07 PM

    That’s what I been sayin!! ppl act like he should be overpaid for 1 years work..

  73. ctown4life says: Mar 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    Gotta love Stiller fan. This is a good signing?? Really? They signed him because they can’t afford anyone else. Nobody in the entire league wanted this bum last year.
    You lose Mike Wallace and you didn’t want him anyway. Sign Burress and it’s a good signing. Haha!! Face it Stiller fan, your team is in deep doodoo. Better start getting younger instead of trying to keep grasping onto the glory days

  74. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Mar 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    ctown4life says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:22 PM
    “Gotta love Stiller fan. This is a good signing?? Really? They signed him because they can’t afford anyone else. Nobody in the entire league wanted this bum last year.
    You lose Mike Wallace and you didn’t want him anyway. Sign Burress and it’s a good signing. Haha!! Face it Stiller fan, your team is in deep doodoo. Better start getting younger instead of trying to keep grasping onto the glory days”

    Yeah, because Plaxico was clearly asked to stay for 1 year at vet minimum because he’s the Future at the position. Get a clue.

    Trolls. I keep getting older, and they stay the same age yes they do yes they do.

  75. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    I don’t see how it’s a bad signing. 1 year at the vet min? What is there to lose with such low commitment and at such little money?

  76. steeltroll says: Mar 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    Ctown might be dumb rather than a troll, don’t judge too quickly. :-)

  77. bobonmycob says: Mar 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    ravenator says:Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    It is signings like this one that make me so proud to have a competent front office capable of putting a winning product on the field.

    Dude, reality check. Ravens won the SB once… and in the last 10 yrs the Ravens have accomplished?…. waiting……. still waiting….. oh thats right… absolutely nothing. Your FO is average with a hyped up average Oz. Get over it and watch your organization crumble… Boldin is already gone so you have nobody to make your QB seem good… lol goodluck tho

  78. clashpoint says: Mar 12, 2013 7:01 PM

    No guarantees he even makes the team. I figure he will be competing against cotchery for a roster spot. The steelers will still draft at least one wr anyways.

  79. mrp2003 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:39 AM

    To all the raven fans, thanks for the laughs from your comments.

    Plax is probably going to fill in most of the season and help out when there are injuries. He is not a replacement for Wallace but they do seem to drop some easy cathces from time to time. Hopefully he is hungry to prove himself and hopefully we do not need to depend on him as Sanders and Brown should be our #1 and #2. If we can establish a running game this year, we could have a balanced offense and play less ctach up in Q4

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