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Jets in holding pattern on Burress
Posted Jun. 18 at 10:26 PM
Jets owner Woody Johnson admits his team is interested in Plaxico Burress, but says they'll wait to see how his legal situation plays out -- both from a league standpoint, and the courts -- before moving forward with him. If that's the case, it doesn't look like the Jets will sign Burress anytime soon. Burress isn't due back in court until September.
"We don’t know what his current status, both legally and from a league standpoint, and until those are cleared up, we look at him like any other player -- we look at the talent," said Johnson, on Boomer Esiason's TV show. "When those two questions are answered, then we’ll proceed to the next level. Otherwise, basically it’s a holding pattern." Newsday's coverage of the interview can be seen right here.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has indicated that the league won't take action on Burress until after his legal situation is resolved. For that reason, the popular belief is that Burress will be able to play in 2009, since his legal proceedings have been delayed to the point that they will likely still be ongoing until next year.
If the Jets, however, are planning on waiting, it doesn't look like he'll be suiting up for them this season. Perhaps the other teams with rumored interest, including the Bears and Buccaneers, will move a little bit more quickly.
Posted by JEFF FOSTER | Jun. 19 at 12:38 PM
The bears would be almost foolish not to sigen burress...the window for chicago to win the superbowl wont be there forever..right now thier D is aging but still very good, orlando pace is good and will really improve the o-line, but he's pretty old and may only have a good year or two left in the tank, so Burress would be a one year "fix" or "jumpstart", who combined with cutler and forte could easily propel the bears to the suberbowl...i say sign him to a deal that pays well for year one with an incentive-laden 2nd year..its a no brainer when your as close as the bears are...
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Jun. 20 at 02:08 AM
Agreed. Bears make a lot of sense. Brandon Marshall is better than Burress, but with him, you're getting into compensation issues. I like the idea of going with Burress as a one-year solution.
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