NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – The Philadelphia Eagles are rumored to be a potential — if not preferred — home for former Giants star Plaxico Burress, and were even listed on one betting website as the favorites to land him at 3-2 odds.
But according to a report from The Associated Press, “a person familiar with the team’s thinking (said) Burress isn’t in their plans.”
That makes sense, considering the Eagles already have two standout receivers: DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Jackson has been to the Pro Bowl twice and Maclin has star potential. Jason Avant and Riley Cooper give the team depth at the position.
So the question is: What was that Phillies hat all about?
“We haven’t even gone there,” Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said Wednesday during the team’s annual playground building event. “There is nothing you can do there.”
Burress spent nearly two years in prison for a gun charge and was released Monday.
The former Giants wideout would fit in perfectly as a situational receiver inside the red zone because of his size. But it’s likely he’d prefer a team that would offer him a chance to be the No. 1 or No. 2 target.
“He definitely brings a lot to the game, his passion, enthusiasm and the way he plays,” Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said Wednesday.
Vick and several other Eagles have said they’d welcome Burress to Philadelphia.
“Absolutely it would be a great addition for our team,” Vick told WIP radio last month. ” I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger.”
It’s not their decision, though.
Vick was 29 when he returned. Burress turns 34 in August. While age is a factor, Vick said Burress’ position helps him.
“It’s actually easier being a receiver and coming back and playing the game,” Vick said. “You have to get your legs back up under you. I was a guy that had to live that. It’s tough. You think you can do it, but you have to take that time out and make sure you’re ready to go.”
Vick hasn’t communicated with Burress, but shared his thoughts on what he would say to him.
“Just take your time coming back and getting acclimated. Think family first and football second and it’ll all work out,” he said. “It’s great that he’ll get a second chance. We’ll pray for him, we’re going to support him 100 percent and we’re in his corner and we just want him to excel.”
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