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Risk Doesn't Add Up

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There are a few issues with the Burress idea. First, it's fairly common knowledge that if he had simply pierced his leg with that bullet and taken his legal medicine, he'd still be a Giant. The problem seems to be more the ongoing legal issues exacerbated other problems, i.e., Burress' longstanding belief that he was "above" certain commitments. Like showing up on time or at all, and listening to his coach -- his litany of fines for various transgressions is well-documented.

So, the question a team has to ask itself: Is Plaxico Burress worth it? I think he was worth it specifically to the Giants, who are "blessed" with a quarterback who could only throw a few different kinds of passes early in his career: dumpoffs to running backs and tight ends, and floaters two feet over the heads of his receivers. Plax was the guy who could go up and get those balls, and a relationship was born. He became an odd fixture in a Tom Coughlin-led team: the player so good, he was above release no matter what he did.

Some will argue that he might be a Randy Moss-style reclamation project -- the kind of player who will get the point in the right situation. But what is the right situation? This stuff happened as the Giants were winning and defending their Super Bowl title, and becoming one of the best teams in the NFL on a consistent basis. If not then, when?

Someone's going to take a flyer on Plax whenever his legal problems are behind him, and I'm betting that it won't work out. This is a guy who believes that he's above the law, and he's not too discerning about how he displays that thought process. My advice to any team thinking about taking the plunge? Go back to the tape. There are a great many receiver prospects in this year's draft, and though few of those players have Plaxico Buress' raw talent, none of them bring his baggage. There comes a point where no player is worth the ancillary issues he drags behind him, and Burress has now entered that realm.

By Doug Farrar  |  April 6, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Free Agency , Plaxico Burress Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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