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Why Not, Redskins?


How interested? Of course, it depends on how much time he has to do. But just in terms of his ability, why wouldn't you be? In fact, of all the loony moves the Washington Redskins seems to consider (let's trade all of our firsts through 2020 for Bobby Layne! Yes, I know he's dead, but we need a leader!), looking into signing a 6-5 receiver who's tortured you the last four seasons would actually make a lot of sense. Yes, I know they've used 743 picks on receivers in the last few years, but none of them...seem to actually be able to play.

Burress has spent much of his career being a knucklehead, I know. But the next time--assuming there is one--he would a) have to be on his best behavior, since the next screwup is likely to be his last in the NFL, b) willing to play for short money, which would help the local team, because even the local team isn't going to give him $10 million to sign with a bullet wound in his leg, right? Right?, c) supremely motivated to play great so he, at 31, can get one last big contract.

Just for giggles, I thought I'd go back and look at the local team's receiver production the last four seasons by way of comparison. On one hand, there's Santana Moss, who's produced on a level equal to Burress since '05:

Player Rec. Yards Avg TDs
Burress 248 3,681 14.8 33
Moss 279 4,125 14.6 24

Now, let's compare Burress's production to ALL of the local team's other primary wide receivers the last four seasons: James Thrash (2005-08), Antwan Randle-El, (2006-08), Brandon Lloyd (06-07), David Patten (05-06), Reche Caldwell (07), Taylor Jacobs (05) and last year's rookies, Thomas and Kelly. This does not guys who played in a game or two, like Jimmy Farris:

Player Rec. Yards Avg TDs
Burress 248 3,681 14.8 33
FIELD (8 players) 272 3,205 11.8 12

Um, wow.

Randle-El has eight of those 12 TDs. The other four belong to....Thrash.

Obviously, if Burress goes to prison for 3 1/2 years on the felony weapons charge, all of this is moot, and he'll never play for anybody again. (The Giants surely suspect this is the way Burress's case is going, or they wouldn't have cut him in the first place.) And even if he somehow gets, say, less than a year, Roger Goodell is going to smack him with a multiple-game or season-long suspension But if, somehow, he can escape this with less than a year, wouldn't you take a look?

By David Aldridge  |  April 6, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  | Category:  David Aldridge , Free Agency , Plaxico Burress , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Plaxico is going away for a little while- definitely ain't happening this year, if the D.A.'s comments are to be believed..

Posted by: frak | April 6, 2009 11:46 AM

David he just got in another spat with the law in Florida just this weekend. The guy is incapable of changing. He couldn't even bring himself to plea bargin in NYC. He's a social malfunction, looking to malfunction again and again.

Posted by: dkane3 | April 6, 2009 12:01 PM

Hey David did you play Carlton on the Fresh Prince with Will Smith?

Posted by: clwalker1906 | April 6, 2009 2:58 PM

So the guy illegally carries a hand gun and you term that a "knuckle-head"?

No wonder these athletes think they are above the law and are pampered like little rich school boys.

It is the sports writers who are at fault with today's out-of-control athletes, putting them up on pedestals and calling 26 year old men "kids".

Grow up sports writers and get a life.

Posted by: beenthere3 | April 7, 2009 9:07 AM

sounds like if Plax went to jail for 3.5 years he'd still out produce the redskins draft picks. Good to hear from DA, more Aldridge please.

Posted by: acjones45 | April 10, 2009 11:38 AM

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