After the Jets confirmed that veteran receiver Santonio Holmes is done for the season, coach Rex Ryan got the inevitable question about whether his replacement could be Plaxico Burress. But Ryan said the Jets are going in a different direction.
Although Ryan made clear that he has nothing against Burress, who played for the Jets last season, Ryan also made clear that a 35-year-old who isn’t as fast as he used to be isn’t the kind of receiver the Jets need.
“Plaxico, I have a great deal of respect for and obviously, he had eight touchdown catches last year,” Ryan said. “There are some things he did really well for us. We’re trying to look for guys maybe a little younger and with a little more speed. I think when you look at [Jason] Hill, the guy we just signed, he has those attributes, and that was what I think jumped out at us. We want to get faster as a football team.”
Adding Burress is not the way to get faster as a football team, and so Burress is the wrong fit. Even though Ryan enjoyed coaching him last year.
“I had a great relationship with Plaxico and I think he’s a tremendous person,” Ryan said. “I just think in our situation, we were looking to go a different way. When somebody brings in Plaxico Burress, they’re going to get an excellent football player and a guy that, like I say, I have a lot of respect for.”
So Ryan likes Burress. Just not enough to sign him. And no other NFL coach seems to like Burress enough to sign him, either.