Should the Bears sign Plaxico Burress?
The Chicago Bears have made some tremendous upgrades at the WR position this offseason with the additions of Brandon Marshall and rookie Alshon Jefferey. When combined with returning receivers Earl Bennett, Johnny Knox when he returns and Devin Hester the Bears have a formidable receiving corps that should allow them to keep pace in the pass happy NFC North. But do they need more and if so should the Bears sign free agent Plaxico Burress?
According to NFL.com, Burress is one of the best free agent WRs available yet no team seems to be willing to sign the 34-year-old for the 2012 season. So Burress continues to promote himself as he attempts to publicize his name with NFL teams in hopes of scoring a job. Most recently it was the Oakland Raiders.
“I’ve always thought that Carson Palmer has been one of the best deep-ball throwers in all of football since I can remember,” Burress told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, via Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “They do have some great talent over there in Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy. I think those guys are only going to get better with Carson.”
As far as the bad boy image that the Silver and Black bring to the table Burress would be a perfect fit, but when considering his skill set, he would be even better in Chicago.
At 6-5, 232 lbs, Burress would be a huge target for Bears QB Jay Cutler. His height would provide a significant advantage when it comes to jump balls in the end zone and he would be an enormous red zone asset for the Bears. Not to mention that when paired alongside the 6-4 Marshall, Chicago would be fielding one of the tallest receiving tandems in the NFL. This could cause defensive coordinators and corners nightmares while providing Chicago favorable matchups.
Last season with the New York Jets, Burress had 612 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Keep in mind that was after a three-year layoff from the NFL and with Mark Sanchez throwing him the football. Few would argue against Cutler being a huge upgrade over Sanchez and that change alone could be enough to return Burress to a 1,000 yard receiver in 2012.
Although there have been no talks of the Bears actually having interest in Burress they should consider signing him before it’s too late. If he doesn’t pan out for whatever reason they will have lost nothing, but if he can equal or better his numbers from a season ago and bring a new dynamic to the Bears offense then it will have been more than worth it.
When it comes to the idea of the Bears signing Plaxico Burress the risk isn’t greater than the reward so it would definitely be a smart football move.
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