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Plaxico Burress is officially a free man and at 34 years old, he will once again try his hand in the NFL.
Will any team take a chance on the rested veteran receiver? The answer undoubtedly is yes. The guy with all his troubles in the past didn’t shrink during his prison stint, so that means he is still 6’5” and probably still in good shape; although, it will take time to get in to football shape and make an impact during the season.
This brings me to another veteran receiver who will one day be giving a Hall of Fame speech while probably kissing up to Belichick and tom Brady…deservingly so, but I don’t have to like it. Anyway, Randy moss is also a tall receiver on a downslide and would help any team with a legitimate need at a 3rd or possession receiver. Moss unlike Plaxico hasn’t been in prison, although, he kind of disappeared this past season having done nothing while being tossed around several teams.
The last old receiver who will be looking for a team this season is Terrell Owens. T.O has been surprisingly quiet this past season, while having a really good year by most standards… at 37 years old Owens almost gained 1000 yards receiving while also catching 9 touchdown; pretty good if you ask me.
I’ve heard many analysts compare these three high profile receivers and the same question always comes up; who would you take a chance on right now?
As of this moment, a player like Randy Moss makes no sense for most teams because of the style of player he has been in his career. A player that rarely goes up the middle and doesn’t always try; this is not a player you can trust, especially now that he has nothing to prove in his career.
Buress was a great player several years ago, but I won’t take a chance on his skills or desire still being where they need to be. He was never a speedster nor did he have great hands in his prime, so all that remains is his size…his ability to go up for the ball made him a good target but I wonder what 20 months in prison has done to him as a man.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think the best option for any team looking to solidify their receiving core is T.O…I know what you are thinking; at 37 can he really continue this level of production, I don’t see why not. The man stays in shape all year round and shows up on the field regardless of what he does off it. As a matter a fact, for anyone to choose any of these other receivers over Owens would be an insult to the player Owens has been and an insult to what he did last season on a team in turmoil.