Lurie says Burress would be evaluated like Vick was
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said the team would use a similar process to what it did when Michael Vick when he was signed if it decides to pursue free-agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress.
Of course, there is a difference. While Vick and Burress spent about the same amount of time locked up, Vick was incarcerated on heinous charges of dog fighting. Burress did time for violating the handgun rules of New York City, a problem he encountered after he blew a hole in his leg.
“We evaluate case by case. It involved a lot of research into Michael - what kind of teammate he was. What his motivations were. How much he cared for the game," Lurie told Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News. "We've shown we'll take chances if it's warranted."
There was a contingent of football fans who didn’t want to see Vick in the NFL again. Burress isn’t likely to face that kind of scrutiny even if he posed as great of a threat or a greater threat to the public in breaking the laws he did.
“It would be similar," Lurie said. "Any player, if there's issues off the field, we have to ascertain . . . are they going to represent the Eagles and the community that we serve? Are they going to be part of events like this? Michael has shown this. If a player is not willing to be part of the culture we have, then I don't think it's a good fit."
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