With the Mike Wallace impasse dragging on, talk of a Plaxico Burress return to the Steelers bubbled up this week.
General Manager Kevin Colbert said that Pittsburgh wasn’t looking for a veteran receiver at this point, but stopped short of ruling it out later in training camp. That was one stumbling block to a Plax reunion with Ben Roethlisberger, with Burress’ reported salary demands also serving as an obstacle. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the latter issue has resolved itself.
Bouchette reports that Burress is now willing to sign a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. Given his problems with the tax man, it wouldn’t be surprising if Burress was lowering his sights in hopes of getting a job and extending his career as long as possible.
Nothing has changed with the other stumbling block, however. Per Bouchette, the Steelers aren’t interested in Plax 2.0 at any price at this point. There’s no word on if Burress’ lowered demands have resulted in interest from any other quarters, although it won’t hurt his chances of landing somewhere as teams get a better idea of what they are working with at receiver.