Tony Dungy, who advised Michael Vick after he left prison, is taking on a similar role for Plaxico Burress, but he raised some doubts today about the possibility of the two joining up in Philadelphia.
Dungy, appearing with Burress at an event in New York today, was asked about the rumors (mostly coming from outside Philly) that have Plax taking his talents to Broad Street.
"I don’t know that would be the case. He wants to be some place where he’s wanted, where he’s comfortable," Dungy said, according to this story from NJ.com. "I don’t think playing football is the most important thing for him now. He wants to play very badly and feels like he had two years to rest his body up, so he’ll be able to play. But just like with Mike, I think it becomes important but not the most important thing."
For all the chatter about Burress, the reality is that the Eagles are very tight-lipped about their plans right now, for fear of violating any lockout rules, and in any case they can't pursue anyone at this point. Even if the Eagles were interested in Burress, owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear last week that he would want to meet the receiver in person first to determine if he was worth the risk. My guess (and that of most reporters who follow the Eagles closely) is the Eagles do their due diligence on Burress, but don't pursue him very hard. They have other needs and wide receiver is their deepest position group.
SI's Peter King predicts today that Burress goes to receiver needy St. Louis, but again, just about everything is speculation until the lockout ends.
Eagles continue work outs
The Eagles continued their work outs in New Jersey today, with defensive end Victor Abiamiri among the participants. Abiamiri, who missed all of last season after having microfacture surgery on his knee, wore a brace but ran well and looked absolutely chiseled.
This is a critical offseason for the oft-injured defensive end. His contract is up, and it's unclear what his future holds in Philadelphia or elsewhere. After spending all of last season on the PUP list, Abiamiri could be required to give the Eagles another year, based on 2010's labor rules, but those rules would be superseded if the players and owners reach a new labor agreement. Abiamiri declined an interview request.
We'll post some video of today's work out shortly. My apologies for some shaky camera work - I'm still working on keeping the iPhone level as we watch the action move down the field.