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Plaxico Burress is back on the headlines. This time around, it seems that it is only for better. Hopefully the arm scandals and the almost two complete years in prison have worked out his character and this hiatus have somehow made him a stronger and more focused player. Only time will tell if Plaxico is still got what it takes to be a star in the NFL, but there is one team that is willing to take him for a test drive. This Sunday morning, Plaxico Burress signed a $3.017 million guaranteed one-year deal with the New York Jets.
Let’s go back for a second to what got him into trouble. On Monday, August 3, 2009, prosecutors announced that Burress had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and a single count of reckless endangerment in the second degree, both felonies. 17 days later, Plaxico Burress would accept a plea deal to avoid even further punishment.
Before serving 20 months in prison, the 33 year-old, 6 feet 5 inches tall, wide receiver had played in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. Burress, who turns 34 on Aug. 12, caught the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ upset of the unbeaten New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl. That quickly made him a well-known celebrity, but that was all going to change very soon. He was serving a two-year term but was able to get out of prison after only a 20-month stay in prison.
After his release, many sources were trying to figure out what the next move would be. Rumor had it that Burress might continue his career with the New York Giants. Other believed that he was going to sign a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now he’s made it official. Plaxico Burress will stay in New York, just on a different neighborhood.
This wasn’t Plaxico’s first choice. To stick to the facts, Burress had gone fishing into a few other markets before settling for the Jets. On Friday, Burress visited his former team, the New York Giants to discuss the possibility of playing there. He had lost a multimillion-dollar deal with the Giants because of his conviction. On Saturday, Burress visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, the place where he kicked off his professional career. Allegedly Burress told some of his former teammates that the offer made by the Jets was quite tempting and that chances were he would end up playing in New York. He also reportedly met with the 49ers.
Burress will now join his former teammate, Santonio Holmes in the offensive end of the Jet’s game. The good news for the New York Jets fans is that their starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, is going to have one heck of a receiving duo for the upcoming season. Chances are that these three players could work their way into finding open gaps in even the most effective defense in the league.
The Jets re-signed Holmes to a five-year, $50 million contract and decided to drop the talented Braylon Edwards, who refused to lower his asking price.
That shouldn’t be an issue for the Jets. Burress has 505 catches for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns in his NFL career with the Steelers and Giants. He will join the offensive line of the Jets that includes the talents Jerricho Cotchery, Dustin Keller and a solid running game with Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson.