Although the Eagles aren’t coming right out and saying they’re interested in signing Plaxico Burress, owner Jeffrey Lurie talked generally about the possibility, saying that deciding to sign Burress shortly after his release from prison would require a process much like the team went through before deciding to sign Michael Vick shortly after his release from prison.
“It would be similar,” Lurie said, per Philly.com. “Any player, if there’s issues off the field, we have to ascertain . . . are they going to represent the Eagles and the community that we serve? Are they going to be part of events like this? Michael has shown this. If a player is not willing to be part of the culture we have, then I don’t think it’s a good fit.”
Although Burress and Vick are obviously similar in the sense that they’re NFL players who missed two seasons while in prison, Lurie said that the Eagles’ positive experience with Vick doesn’t necessarily make them more interested in Burress.
“We evaluate case by case. It involved a lot of research into Michael — what kind of teammate he was. What his motivations were. How much he cared for the game,” Lurie said. “We’ve shown we’ll take chances if it’s warranted.”
Lurie says that until the lockout ends and teams can sit down and talk to free agents, there’s not a whole lot the Eagles can do in their assessment of Burress.
“You can evaluate his talent,” Lurie said. “You can evaluate his age. But you can’t evaluate where his heart and his head are at the moment.”
But once the lockout ends, Lurie sounds like he wants to find out where Burress’s heart and head are. And if they’re in the right place, Burress may be in Philadelphia.