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Plaxico Burress: I want to come back and play

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When you scroll down the list of wide receivers set to become free agents next week, one that might jump out at you is Plaxico Burress.

It’s not because Burress is someone you’d expect to have a major impact on an offense during the 2014 season nearly as much as it is because you might have forgotten that Burress was still an active NFL player. He signed with the Steelers late in 2012, but didn’t play at all in 2013 after having rotator cuff surgery before the season.

Burress said it was “tough” watching the Steelers, especially because he felt he could be a boost to the team in the red zone. Burress, who turns 37 this summer, would like to get that chance this season instead.

“I am going to treat it as I am coming back to play. I am going to keep that mindset until they tell me otherwise. I am going to keep going until I can’t go anymore. The stronger I can get, I can come back and play. I want to come back and play,” Burress said, via the team’s website. “Nobody wants to leave via injury. I am too much of a competitor to go out on that note. I am going to attack it and compete. I am going to train and rehab that way. I am approaching it with a business mind. I want to help the Steelers get to the ultimate goal, and that is winning a championship. That is why we work so hard when nobody is watching.”

Burress is working on the range of motion in the shoulder and said he still has a way to go in the rehab process. Once he’s gone further down that road, he’ll probably get a look or two to see if there’s still something in the tank.

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56 Responses to “Plaxico Burress: I want to come back and play”
  1. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Mar 3, 2014 7:01 AM

    I hope my Packers sign him. After losing Jennings, we clearly have no true #1. James Jones will be gone, Jordys play declined last year and Cobb has been hurt. After defense, WR is a big need.

  2. cylondetector says: Mar 3, 2014 7:08 AM

    Plaxico Burress: I have no money and even less options for how to make more.

  3. jacunn2000 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:11 AM

    Broke.

  4. @Cereal_22 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:16 AM

    Want & being capable are two different things

  5. flash1283 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:22 AM

    Plaxico Burress: I want to come back and play= I am out of money!

  6. freshnesssss says: Mar 3, 2014 7:26 AM

    At 37, with a year off, not likely

  7. seanb20124 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:30 AM

    I bet he would like to retire, but financially he cannot.

  8. crazemastercraze says: Mar 3, 2014 7:33 AM

    Well I’m sure he needs the money. What else can he do besides catch an oval ball?

  9. rg3enoughsaid says: Mar 3, 2014 7:36 AM

    ” Burress is working on the range of motion in the shoulder and said he still has a way to go in the rehab process.”
    He is 37, hurt that rotator cuff before the season, and still has a way to go in the rehab process? Yea, you’re going out on that note…

  10. vincentbojackson says: Mar 3, 2014 7:40 AM

    Granted he’s 37, but he’s missed so many seasons that he doesn’t have the mileage on his body that a typical player his age has (minus the gunshot wound setback).

    With all the receiver-needy teams in the league, no reason to think he can’t help somebody if he can get through the shoulder injury.

  11. GBwomenrhot says: Mar 3, 2014 7:42 AM

    Little Feat immediately comes to mind….’Old Folks Boogie’ – when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill….good to dream though.

  12. dangeruss3 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:50 AM

    lol

  13. allhailkingflacco says: Mar 3, 2014 8:00 AM

    “I am approaching it with a business mind”

    aka – The bank account aint what it used to be.

  14. jtm12180 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:01 AM

    As a Steelers fan, I really hope we give him another shot for vet minimum

  15. giantsfan82 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:02 AM

    I want to play in the NFL too.

  16. pantherfan40 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:10 AM

    send him to the pats or broncos brad and peyton can make anyone good i mean anyone

  17. steelcityfinest13 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:16 AM

    I say let him…..it will haunt me not to know if he still has one play left in him….if he’s capable of still catching the ball and even if he can’t..his presence will draw a double team at some point because of his height….great decoy to have

  18. fdugrad says: Mar 3, 2014 8:23 AM

    He not only wants to play, he MUST play, because he blew through his money and has no education or marketable job skills. NOW what does he do with the next forty years of his life?

  19. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 3, 2014 8:27 AM

    Checking account balance must be low.

  20. DaveKShape says: Mar 3, 2014 8:32 AM

    Something about being a notable WR and getting old just doesn’t seem to mix. Having an ego doesn’t help things.

  21. nesportsfan0428 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:33 AM

    He’ll probably get signed by a team week 5, 6 when injuries start popping up.

  22. waldoampere says: Mar 3, 2014 8:34 AM

    You can’t always get what you want – Rolling Stones

  23. mybrunoblog says: Mar 3, 2014 8:34 AM

    Dear Plaxico,
    That ship sailed. Enjoy life after football.
    Your Friends,
    The NFL

  24. mr4thand1 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:34 AM

    “Here we go STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!!!

  25. chargrz says: Mar 3, 2014 8:40 AM

    He may still want to play but no other team does.Ba Bye!

  26. sb44champs says: Mar 3, 2014 8:40 AM

    Not sure if any team would take a chance on a 37 year old Plastic Buress..

  27. primenumber19 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:42 AM

    He cost us a Super Bowl but we wouldn’t have won the first without him and we eventually won a second anyway and he is the best wr to never make a pro bowl.

  28. ravensbob says: Mar 3, 2014 8:43 AM

    Too many hits to the head.

  29. meatcarroll says: Mar 3, 2014 8:44 AM

    Come to the Seahawks for veteran minimum and close out your career with another ring.

  30. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Mar 3, 2014 8:56 AM

    He and TO should start their own expansion team in LA. That’s the only way that they’re playing again in the NFL.

  31. bucsrule says: Mar 3, 2014 9:02 AM

    Omg.. I’d still take Randy Moss or Owens over you anyway!! Find a new job bro! Go ask the Giants if they have any openings..cleaning the bleachers

  32. xinellum says: Mar 3, 2014 9:10 AM

    In the deepest wide receiver class in years if not decades, it is a bad time for older, slower receivers to find a job. However, if the hands and the head still work fine, then like Anquan Boldin, there is always a place for a big, strong, receiver on third down and in the red zone. Look how wrong the Ravens were about Boldin, and it kills me because I am a Ravens fan.

  33. blahblahblah1313 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:13 AM

    If he is still working on range of motion in his surgically repaired shoulder from before the 2013 season it say a lot about “all the work they do when nobody is watching”. Not a lot I’d say. Had surgery on both my shoulders and range of motion takes couple months tops.

  34. blingslade says: Mar 3, 2014 9:22 AM

    There goes Plaxico shooting off his leg, er, his mouth again!

  35. ajgreenhof says: Mar 3, 2014 9:38 AM

    I want to play too but it isn’t happening.

  36. 2bemoore43 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:44 AM

    so, umm….. T.O., Plaxico, & Ocho Cinco walk into a bar…..

  37. flaccodelic says: Mar 3, 2014 9:55 AM

    jtm12180 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 8:01 AM
    As a Steelers fan, I really hope we give him another shot for vet minimum

    “Another shot” — I see what you did there.

  38. steel086 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    I am willing to be that none of you know that Plaxico is married to a very successful attorney for almost if not more that 10 years. The same attorney who is his manager. I am not saying that he can still play but all of you that assume that he is broke, might not know not know what you are talking about.

  39. steel086 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    “willing to bet (not be)”

  40. realdealsteel says: Mar 3, 2014 10:04 AM

    If healthy, he’d be a good red zone target for someone.

  41. thefiesty1 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:11 AM

    JJ and the CowBabies are just dumb enough to take a flyer on him and way overpay for no production.

  42. francogreenbradshaw says: Mar 3, 2014 10:12 AM

    He als.o has a fashion line. Selling high end socks starting at 24 dollars/ pair. Looking to expand his business and two other items such as belts and bow ties.

  43. blahblahblah1313 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:17 AM

    I believe he also sells gangsta pants with a pre-drilled bullet hole in the thigh for the gangsta that just doesn’t have the time to do it himself…

  44. tictoccpthook says: Mar 3, 2014 10:27 AM

    Plax may fit a Steelers need. Ben needs a tall receiver in the end zone. Ben already has Brown as the go to receiver, Cotchery for first relief valve, Bell out of the backfield, and tight ends, so Plex would not be making mad dashes every play he would be in. With salary cap issues for the Steelers, and the need to use draft choices for corner and safety, Plax makes a good fit.

  45. whysomanylosers says: Mar 3, 2014 10:36 AM

    T.O. 2.0

  46. 6thsense10 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:16 AM

    A lesson to all you Diva wide receivers ( T.O., Plaxico, and to a lesser extent Ochocinco)……you burn too many bridges in your prime you will pay for it at the tail end of your career. There’s a reason Tim Brown and Jerry Rice played well into their twilights. They were well respected and treated everyone professionally when they were on top. TO probably should have been able to play 2 or 3 more seasons but he torched way too many bridges.

  47. v2787 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:19 AM

    Burress doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of making a comeback. He’s too old, he’s coming off an injury, and he’s carrying too much baggage. It ain’t gonna happen.

  48. theageofquarrel says: Mar 3, 2014 11:36 AM

    meatcarroll says:
    Mar 3, 2014 8:44 AM
    Come to the Seahawks for veteran minimum and close out your career with another ring.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    Enjoy your ONE measly Lombardi!!!
    Seattle Seachickens= NFL Doormat since 1976

  49. themonkeyman says: Mar 3, 2014 11:44 AM

    Wonder if he’s still working out with Shockey as he used to in his off seasons with the Giants. Ya have to wonder about anyone that voluntarily hung out with Shockey in their off seasons…

  50. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2014 11:48 AM

    Uh oh.

    – Torrey Smith , Jacoby, Doss, Thompson

  51. localoutlaw says: Mar 3, 2014 11:55 AM

    Tiki Barber will be flabbergasted!

  52. tindeaux says: Mar 3, 2014 12:01 PM

    plax – if you were smarter when you were younger, perhaps, some team would have picked you up by now…
    ochocinco is the next you…

  53. tvguy22 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:01 PM

    Me too.

  54. fdugrad says: Mar 3, 2014 1:28 PM

    @6thsense: Well said.

  55. joemammy says: Mar 3, 2014 1:43 PM

    Plax fits right in with the Steelers. Past his prime. And the Rooneys can get him cheap.

    Perfect.

  56. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2014 3:53 PM

    Since he’s so tall and can go up and get those skyballs, isn’t he a natural fit for the ravens? I’d also say Dalton could use another big target, but Plax has too much experience winning playoff games, he wouldn’t fit in there.

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