Saturday, February 6, 2016

Burress lobbies again for Eagles

Plaxico Burress told 97.5 The Fanatic today that "nothing else would make me happier" than to play for the Eagles.

Burress lobbies again for Eagles

Jets receiver Plaxico Burress said he had "a lot of interest" from the Eagles last offseason. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
Jets receiver Plaxico Burress said he had "a lot of interest" from the Eagles last offseason. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Plaxico Burress told 97.5 The Fanatic today that "nothing else would make me happier" than to play for the Eagles.

The New York Jets receiver, who is set to become a free agent on March 13, echoed statements that he made several times last offseason when he was unemployed, out of prison, and looking for a job. Despite that campaign -- and the lobbying of his friend, quarterback Michael Vick -- the Eagles chose not to sign Burress.

He said there was a "a lot of interest" from the Eagles last July, but apparently they didn't believe he was worth the $3 million the Jets eventually shelled out in a one-year deal. The Eagles would later sign another former New York Giants receiver -- Steve Smith -- for just over $2 million, but that acquisition proved to be a bust.

Smith caught just 11 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown in nine games. He eventually was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury. Burress, on the other hand, finished with 45 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. While he wasn't quarterback Mark Sanchez' top target, Burress did pull in seven touchdowns in the red zone.

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The Eagles have lacked big receivers in recent years. The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Burress would certainly give the offense some size inside the 20. The Eagles were a respectable 14th in the NFL in the red zone last season (converting 34 of 66 possessions into touchdowns), but their receivers accounted for only nine of 17 passing touchdowns.

Burress will turn 35 in August, though, and would strictly be signed as a situational receiver with Jeremy Maclin back, DeSean Jackson likely back and Jason Avant a sure-handed third receiver.

"Obviously, coming to Philadelphia and instituting myself to the offense it just adds a unique dynamic to what's already in place," said Burress, who later added: "You look at LeSean McCoy and what he did this year, an All-Pro year. It was probably the best year at running back, him and Maurice Jones-Drew. Everybody knows what DeSean is capable of doing, being one of the most explosive big-play receivers in all of football, and Jeremy Maclin who is getting better and better."

Burress, who grew up in the same area of Virginia as Vick, said that he talks with the Eagles quarterback once or twice a week.

"Being able to play together, coming from what we’ve come from, I just think would be a special deal,” Burress said. “I really believe he can bring a championship to Philadelphia and I would love to be a part of it."

Burress said that the Jets left the door open as far as a possible return. There aren't expected to be many suitors and Burress may have to settle for less than the $3 million he made last season. The Eagles, who certainly recall the many times Burress burned them in the past, may be willing to ink him at a discount.

“I just see myself in that offense being out on the edge ... there’s just so many options," Burress said. "I always say you can neutralize speed, but you can’t neutralize size."

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