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Bringing Back Plaxico Burress Is A Low Risk Proposition


The return of wide receiver Plaxico Burress to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday has several in the fan base worried if he was worth the risk of bringing back. I am here to say that he is because the risk is very low.

Burress received a one-year deal worth $925,000 with no signing bonus that is not guaranteed. Consider him a rental right now and on loan on a week-to-week basis. If he should slip up either on or off the field he can be jettisoned out of town just as quick as he arrived without any salary cap backlash.

I am pretty sure that Burress is well aware of this as he has everything to lose right now. Failure to excel in his given role would mean that his playing days in the NFL are over for good. Should he show that he has something left in the tank, however, he could parlay that into at least another one or two year cheap deal after the season with another team.

Burress will be in uniform for the Steelers Sunday when they take on the Cleveland Browns and his role will be minimal to start with until he picks up the offense. The Steelers former first round draft pick told Ross Tucker of SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that the Steelers have designed a red-zone package for him for beginners.

This is perfect place to start as up until this point tight end Heath Miller has been the lone receiving threat in the red zone. The size of Burress and his ability to get free in the back of the end zone could pay dividends.

The Steelers veteran locker room will surely keep Burress in his place and make sure that he knows his role on the team. Burress also has remained in close contact with Ben Roethlisberger over the years and you know that the Steelers quarterback is excited to finally get a big target in the red zone.

The risk here with Burress is minimal, but the reward for both he and the Steelers could be great down the stretch.

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  • Kenneth Wilt

    Make that play in the end zone against Baltimore Burress rather than Wallace, and that’s a TD, especially with his jumping ability.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    I am sure Ben and Charlie will have him up to speed pretty quick. I am feeling alot better about the next few games now despite the injuries.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    I don’t think he will hurt us; don’t think he will help either. Only a healthy Ben can right this ship.

  • Pete

    Like your analysis because I was a little worried too about the signing. It’s not like there are a lot of viable choices out there either. I hope it works out well for us.

  • PA2AK

    hand the ball off to Dwyer who had a nice average against the porous run D of the ravens and you don’t have to rely on a busted backup QB

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Exactly,,,it will be insignificant IMHO.

  • alex

    first, i think he will succeed cause he works out with coach in the off season, and he should be motivated…second, im over Wallace, drops and an apparent unfocused demeanor…we really need Burress in the redzone, with him and Miller we would be unstoppable…trade/dump/save on Wallace, keep Burress for 2012-13 and draft a replacement…

  • Clash

    Burris will fill the role that Cotchery filled, and Hines Ward before him, as a veteran possession reciever. I think his end zone potential even makes him an upgrade over Cotchery, who must be hurt bad and out for a while. They didn’t sign Burris after Brown went down, and Brown is almost back. Brown, Wallace, Sanders, Burris, few teams go that deep.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvnwarren Devin Warren

    Burress knows he got to handle his business. This is possibly last shot in the NFL

  • SteelerDave

    If 6’4″ WR Justin Hunter falls to us in round two or another team is willing to trade up in round one, letting us drop near the bottom of round and still get him, he should most certainly be considered for us in 2013 as Wallace is most likely not going to sign with us. Problem is that we also need LB and S high in next years draft so perhaps sign Plaxico for one more season if he proves himself worthy the rest of this season.

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