Report: Steelers May Have Interest In Plaxico Burress
Here we go again. Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports reported tonight via Twitter that both the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants might have interest in unrestricted free agent Plaxico Burress. Burress signed a one-year deal late last July with the New York Jets after making a free agent visit to Pittsburgh. The Jets paid Burress $3.017 million last season after he spent two years in prison on a gun conviction. Burress played in all 16 games last season for the Jets and recorded 45 catches for 612 yards to go along with 8 touchdowns.
Source says both steelers and G-men could make a play for Burress. Gmen seems odd, but that\’s the word.
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) March 1, 2012
The Steelers just announced on Wednesday that they plan on releasing 14 year veteran Hines Ward and their first course of action will be to try to sign soon-to-be restricted free agent Mike Wallace to a contract before the March 5th tender deadline. The Steelers also need to get the rest of their restricted free agents tendered that they want to keep as well and will not likely be players early on in free agency as they are very limited on cap room. Burress is bound to have a few other suitors as well and the Steelers would likely rather try to re-sign unrestricted free agent Jerricho Cotchery back.
Burress was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft and spent his first 5 seasons in Pittsburgh before being allowed to walk via free agency. He eventually signed a six-year, $25 million contract with the Giants in March of 2005.