This ones going to get mixed reactions, but I simply wouldn’t put this in the same category as a Michael Vick in terms of the potential risks of signing a recent prison releasee. He shot himself in the leg, he didn’t shoot and do other things to certain other creatures that have four of those.
It’s anybodys guess where Plaxico Burress will end up, he will definitely have plenty of teams interested in pursuing him and many point to Philadelphia as a landing spot even before he gave an obvious shout out to the city by wearing a Phillies cap upon his release from prison.
It’s no surprise that at least one prominent name in sports media has thrown the Seahawks into the Burress ring:
I’m going out on a big limb here and just playing a hunch, but the Seattle Seahawks could be the landing spot for Burress. He’d do well to get far away from New York, the epicenter of his troubles.
The Seahawks considered Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall last season, but Burress would come much cheaper than those guys. And the team recently found success with a project at wide receiver, Mike Williams, but still is looking for offensive weapons.
General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll are willing to take a gamble on a talented player with some baggage (LenDale White, anyone?), and owner Paul Allen is willing to heavily invest in his team, so Burress would be a prime candidate for an incentive-laden contract.
I can’t help but wonder if the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers might not be dark horses as this situation unfolds over the upcoming weeks. Overall, I don’t anticipate a shortage of teams investigating Burress. There will be demand.
That’s the opinion of NFL Networks Jason La Canfora, and although he admits he’s “going way out on a limb” I don’t see this being much of a stretch.
Pete Carroll likes big psychical receivers, out of every potential available receiver, the trio the fit his ideal profile would be Sidney Rice, Randy Moss, and, Plaxico Burress.
Sidney Rice is going to be expensive, and I see most franchises valuing Burress more then Randy Moss at this point as well. In terms of value, Burress may end up being the steal of free agency much like Michael Vick ended up being for the Eagles. 31 teams passed on Vick and I am sure Seattle is one of those teams kicking themselves for not swiping him when they had the chance.
The same situation presents itself with Burress, someone who may not even have been available if he hadn’t shot himself in the leg. One team is going to end up landing the 34 year old receiver with two years less NFL tread on his tires then most players his age.
Shifting to a run first West Coast offense, the Seahawks would do well to add a proven, big, tall, threat to consistently move the chains.
Regardless, you can bet they’re going to add at least one veteran receiver through free agency;. check back later for our free agency preview at the wide receiver position.