Could Ex-Jets WR Plaxico Burress Catch On With Rival Patriots?
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Veteran receiver Plaxico Burress is in New England for a workout with the Patriots.
A person with knowledge of the tryout tells The Associated Press that Burress had been invited to Foxborough, Mass., to work out for the AFC champions. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the tryout has not been publicly announced.
Burress spent last season with the Jets after finishing a 20-month prison sentence on a gun charge. New York did not re-sign Burress, who turned 35 on Sunday.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t remark specifically on Burress, but said working out players is a common occurrence.
“We work out a lot of players,” Belichick said Sunday. “We just try to know who’s available out there. We work out and talk to a lot of guys, give them physicals and all that. I’m not going to comment on any of them individually.”
Burress had 45 catches, eight for touchdowns, and 612 yards for the Jets last year.
A first-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2000, he also played with the Steelers and Giants, catching the winning TD pass in the 2008 Super Bowl against the Patriots.
The free agent has declared some degree of interest this offseason in playing for Carolina, Philadelphia or Oakland, not to mention an unlikely reunion with either the Jets or Giants. Miami, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Dallas have also been briefly linked to the veteran.
“To be honest, there’s a lot of great places out there for me,” Burress told WFAN last month. “A lot of places that I would love to be. Like I said, I’m gonna make the correct choice for me. You know, go somewhere where I can do some of the things that I do well. And also (join) with a quarterback who can get you the football, and understands the game and all those kinds of things.”
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