GREEN BAY, WI - FILE: Wide receiver Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants reacts to the crowd during the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers on January 20, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. According to reports on March 4, 2011, Burress wil be released from prison in June, three months early, for good behavior. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Plaxico Burress is fresh out of prison and looking to return to the National Football League this upcoming season (Lockout pending).
Burress shot a TV interview yesterday, and discussed the possibility of sporting the green and white in 2011-12.
"Of course they are appealing," said Burress of the Jets. "Ever since I came to New York, the fans have embraced me. It is a great city and a great town. It will always be a special place to me regardless of what happens."
"I can't say the Jets or Philly or anywhere of that nature," Burress said. "It may not be the best team but put yourself as a piece to the puzzle and say what's the best chance I have to win a championship."
He goes on to talk about what it would mean to play for both NY teams.
"I am not going to sit here and front. For me to go to one side to the other side and win a championship in the same (city), how many people have done that?" Burress said. "Do I have the capability to lead a team to a championship? Without question."
I do believe Rex Ryan can channel Burress' motivation from leaving prison into positive leadership. Remember, the Jets' offensive unit is still relatively young and could use another leader out there along with Tomlinson and Mangold.
We've discussed whether or not he is the correct fit for the Jets for two weeks now (here is the main article/discussion), so I don't want to beat that to death. In short, I do feel that it's going to be near-impossible to retain both Holmes and Edwards, which has me welcoming the idea of Plaxico filling the void for whichever receiver should leave. The other WRs on the market are not very appealing and come with more baggage than Burress would.
Some may not like to hear it, but Plaxico ending up back in New York remains a strong possibility. Along with Philadelphia, Washington and (possibly) St. Louis, the Jets have expressed interest in the receiver.