DOES JETS SNUB MEAN PLAXICO BURRESS IS FINISHED?
If you're Plaxico Burress, how does this makes you feel?
When the New York Jets went hunting for a replacement for Santonio Holmes they chose a receiver who had bad-mouthed them last season over Burress, whose solid 2011 season for Rex Ryan's team included eight touchdown catches.
Is that the surest sign that the 35-year-old Burress isn't going to find work in the NFL again?
The Jets made Jason Hill their newest receiver Wednesday, even though Hill last year called them "overhyped" and referred to their all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis as just a "good player." Hill played for Jacksonville at the time, and made the comments leading up to a Jets-Jaguars game.
With his team desperate for some receiving help and with Burress being available and familiar with the Jets' system Ryan naturally was asked about taking a pass on Plaxico.
Said Ryan at his Wednesday press conference:
"Plaxico, I have a great deal of respect for and obviously, he had eight touchdown catches last year. There are some things he did really well for us. We’re trying to look for guys maybe a little younger and with a little more speed. I think when you look at Hill, the guy we just signed, he has those attributes, and that was what I think jumped out at us. We want to get faster as a football team. We think he’s a guy that has some tools. He’s played in this league and we think he can do some good things for us."
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Ryan also was asked if anything had occurred during Burress' tenure with New York last season that made the team reluctant to bring him back. The coach replied that:
"I had a great relationship with Plaxico and I think he’s a tremendous person. I just think in our situation, we were looking to go a different way. When somebody brings in Plaxico Burress, they’re going to get an excellent football player and a guy that, like I say, I have a lot of respect for. I just think our situation, we always do what we feel is in the best interest of our football team, and for us it was to sign Hill."
Meantime, Burress still believes he can play, telling USA Today that: "Nobody's even seen me and put me out on the field. That's the sad part about it. Right now, if I was to sign with a team and go out and play, I'm going to do some damage, because I'm back to being the player I know I can be."
So what do you think? Does Burress still have a chance to land on an NFL team, or is his career over? Share an opinion in the comments section.
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