Vick supports Eagles as landing spot for Plaxico Burress
With Plaxico Burress scheduled to go from inmate to free agent in two weeks, speculation is ramping up where the veteran wide receiver could land in 2011.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News recently suggested the Philadelphia Eagles could have interest in Burress as a big target to pair with playmakers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. It’s a little curious given the team’s needs on defense, but the Eagles do believe in giving second chances, after all.
There’s one person on board with the idea already and that’s quarterback Michael Vick, who discussed the possibility with Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese on WIP in Philadelphia, an interview transcribed by sportsradiointerviews.com.
“Absolutely, it would be a great addition for our team,” Vick said. “I think with the guys we have now I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger at the end of the year. I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did and he’ll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can.
“I think the guys would be willing to embrace him and bring him in. If that happens? Who knows? We talking about what-ifs now? It would certainly be a good thing.”
But Vick knows it’s a big question mark right now. The biggest question is going to be how much Burress can contribute at age 33 and having been away from the game for so long. How much is he going to have left to give a team? He turns 34 in August. Someone will give him a chance, and truthfully he’d be better off going to a team where he’s only asked to be a role player like the Eagles. Burress is likely a complementary player at this point.
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