Is Plaxico Burress Coming Back For One More Season?

According to a Sunday tweet by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress, he says that he is “indeed” coming back to Pittsburgh next season.

Burress, who suffered a torn rotator cuff during training camp this past season, is currently an unrestricted free agent and will turn 37 years of age prior to the 2014 season starting.

It is still way early and it’s hard to believe that a decision has already been made with Burress, but if he is indeed signed back to compete for a roster spot in 2014, it most definitely would be to a one-year qualifying contract for the veteran minimum.

Last offseason, Burress was signed on the first day of free agency to a one-year deal that included a $940,000 base salary and a $65,000 signing bonus. That veteran qualifying contract came with a $620,000 reduced cap hit.

The Steelers former first-round pick in 2000, Burress has 553 catches for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns in his career.

  • Virdin Barzey

    We need a possession receiver but Plax is not it. No way he comes back to the Steelers. He’s done.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I have no problem letting him attempt to make the team. Do I think he is the solution to this team’s receiver issues? No.

  • HopalongCassidy

    The Steelers need a big physical receiver the size of Plaxico but younger and faster to compliment their small receivers.

  • Jollyrob68

    Move on, youth movement other than Jericho Cotchery

  • Matt Searls

    Derek moye

  • pittsburghjoe

    You are going to have many choices in the upcoming draft. There are a ton of tall WR’s that will be available in rounds 1 through 3. I would not mind Mike Evans in round 1. But, since the draft is soo deep in tall WR’s, they may still be able to snag a good one in round 3, like the guy from Rutgers, Coleman 6’6″. If they wait until later they can address the secondary early on, like getting Dennard in Round 1. Im sure the combine will change the rankings and projections to some degree. Regardless, I love talking about the draft.

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  • pittsburghjoe

    We need to move on from Plax. I would rather the young tall guy they cut last year get an opportunity (Justin Brown).

  • 20Stoney

    If Plex is coming back to Pittsburgh, it must be to take care of some parking tickets.

  • dgh57

    Sorry no way, Plax! With Justin Brown on the PS and plenty of options in the upcoming draft and who knows maybe even a UDFA who surprises us all next preseason means no room for a 37 year old WR.

  • Jason

    I’m not sure why everyone is infatuated with getting a “tall” receiver. I would be just as happy with a big time tight end like Ebron from UNC who I think would create matchup nightmares for defenses with Heath, AB, Wheaton and Cotch. Just my opinion.

  • David Edward

    It’s highly unlikely given his age and coming off injury. About the only way would be if both Sanders and Cotchery are gone and they fail to draft a WR with size. Even at that, I still think they would explore the FA market for a serviceable younger vet. This is a team in transition, and it’s better to go with the youth movement than the senior movement. Cotchery would be the only FA over 30 that I’d bring back.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I dont mind that option. Not just at the 15 pick. If they traded down and got another 2nd round pick, I would have no problem with the move. However, since Heath is still good, it may be best to address other pressing needs where solid existing options are not there.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I think getting Plax back for camp could be valuable, but I’m not sure I want him in the teams plans.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    NO to Coleman he may be tall but he makes Ben look like he’s Mike Wallace fast.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    why not give him a fair chance who knows we may all be surprised

  • Intropy

    Bring him in to compete. I doubt he makes the team, but there’s little harm in letting him try. Plus it gives you a slightly better bargaining position when it’s time to shop for free agents.

  • I hope not. He has nothing left.

  • There are a ton of better options in this year’s draft. Davonte Adams is only 6’2″, but he plays big and physical, and he is good with the ball in his hands.

  • Plax was never in his entire career a possession receiver. I don’t see that changing now. Cotch is much more of a possession guy, even though he fits the slot more than the #2 spot.

  • Rick M

    If Steelers’ management contemplates this for more than 5 seconds, it will be incredibly sad. I would hope that we would have better options in 2014 than bringing back a 37-year-old receiver whose best days are way in the past.

  • Virdin Barzey

    That’s the point, he was never a possession receiver. He doesn’t us his body, not physical to fight for the ball, rarely if ever jumps, and I saw him at camp this past year and he can’t get separation. He looked extremely slow and weak. Not trying to hate, just what we saw. I see no point in bringing him back.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Something tells me there is a reason why we did not see more of him after the early games this season.

  • I thought he would have been hard pressed to make the team last year. Next year, with the crop of WRs coming out, I don’t see it.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Im Ok with that. I was just throwing a name out there with size and 3rd round availability.

  • Patrick Reid

    Agreed, I’ve long said the same. I wanted Eifert or Ertz last year coming out. This year Ebron,Amaro or Jenkins all fit the bill. Even Fiedorowicz from Iowa would work. We can run dual sets with Heath with could make us really dynamic on O . Especially with our WR’s that we have.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Moye seems to be weak and scrawny. Not sure of his speed either.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was upset at the thought last year so do I need to say what I think of it this year. Every player thinks they have one more year left. It is not reality

  • Matt Searls

    I think he still has potential, but I’d way rather have mike Evans or Sammy watkins

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’d be pretty happy with Ebron too. He’s should be the #1 TE in this years draft.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Might be the end of the road for Plax but nothing wrong with bringing him back to compete but I don’t see him making the 53. This years draft is supposed to be loaded with WR talent.

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  • westcoasteeler

    Can he play CB?

  • r4kolb

    All I have to say is this. If we need a 37 year old Plex then just cut Moye and Brown right now. If they can’t beat him out for a position that’s just sad.

  • John Hinton

    Watkins is a beast! It would be great to see him in the black and gold.

  • JC Chuta

    Plaxico is “dreaming” outloud! No way the Steelers (or any other team) bring him back.

  • Jay Jaber

    Idk why you guys are talking about if plax does come back it’s for the red zone I think he can still make catches in traffic in the red zone. I would like to see him make the team just for the red zone

  • Matt Searls

    check out kelvin benjamin from FSU, plays tonight against Auburn. This kid is special in my opinion

  • Brendon Glad

    Im for it. At least to compete in camp. Only because his injuries havent been to his legs. One way or the other, the steelers complete less 10-30 yard fade routes than about any team in the league (not officially, just by my observation).
    So plax, moye, draft, another FA, we need someone who can make that play better.