Steelers Soon-To-Be Free Agent WR Plaxico Burress Still Wants To Play

Veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress will turn 37 prior to the start of the 2014 season, but he recently told that he will not let age or a torn rotator cuff suffered last year during training camp prevent him from trying to play one more season in the NFL.

“I am going to treat it as I am coming back to play,” said Burress, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent next week. “I am going to keep that mindset until they tell me otherwise. I am going to keep going until I can’t go anymore. The stronger I can get, I can come back and play. I want to come back and play.”

In an interview on radio row last month at the Super Bowl, Burress told Jim Rome that he was unsure if he’d ever play again and that if he didn’t, he was at peace with himself because of the things he’s accomplished during his career. He also said he doesn’t have anything to prove by coming back from his most recent injury that cost him the entire 2013 season.

The Steelers signed Burress to a one-year qualifying contract for the minimum last year on the first day of free agency. That isn’t likely to happen this year, however, as Burress said he’s still not fully rehabbed from his rotator cuff injury.

“I am doing pretty good. I still have a ways to go from a rehab standpoint,” said Burress. “I am rehabbing every day and will see how it feels when the offseason program starts. I am doing a few more exercises with using my shoulder to get it stronger. I am working on getting the flexibility back in it from the stiffness and the scar tissue and all of those things.”

If Burress winds up playing in 2014, he would figure to be the oldest offensive player in the league that doesn’t play quarterback now that Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has retired. Although he still has the desire to play, I will be surprised if the Steelers give him another opportunity.

  • dgh57

    Good luck to you Plax in your effort to find work because I don’t see it happening here with the Steelers.

  • CrazyTerry

    I don’t see it happening with any team.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    What else can he do? He will not receive any kind of paycheck like this doing anything else and he will most likely sit the bench for whatever team would use him. Easy money. That sad part is we should not have even had him on the roster trying to make the team last year. Good luck to him and what he brought to the Steelers in his younger years

  • Brian Miller

    Yes, good luck to you, because you won’t be on this roster…and if you hadn’t been such a knucklehead to begin with, you would have retired as a Steeler and not a Giant.

  • dgh57

    I don’t see him as a off season pickup but more of a desperate in season pickup for a team with injuries at the WR position.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Not on this team. Father time has already spoken for him.

  • James Kling

    TO still wants to play, too. Hope springs e-freakin-ternal.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    i would like to see him brought back to teach our new tall WR but that could be a coach instead

  • Will Hammer

    Trade back and still get quality and quantity this draft is deep .- . Steelers already have at least 2 comp picks. load up with picks on D- with speed and toughness…They can grab a wide out in the middle rounds like they did Wallace and Brown . I’d go D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D !!!

  • pittsburghjoe

    Shannon, he can be spokesman for the NRA. You know..he can do safety videos and public out reach.

  • Bruce Hake

    He needed the money, ohhhh!

  • Bruce Hake

    He and the other ancient Steelers are one of the reasons we are in the predicament we are in. Cut the old dead weight and rebuild like Seattle did. Instead of restructuring multiple contacts every year and always being in the poor house. We need to put a better product on the field eventually.