Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 7:46:00 PM with 1 comment
Number 17 is returning to New York. Not Braylon Edwards as some Jets fans had anticipated, but former Giants Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress.
On Sunday, the Jets and Burress agreed to a one year deal worth three million in guaranteed money. The Giants and Steelers were among the top suitors for Burress, but the Jets swooped in and locked up (no pun intended) the towering wide out. The man fans and teammates call “Plax” should vastly improve a Jets red zone offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NFL last season.
Burress is considered by many to be a bargain deal for Gang Green, but he does come with his share of baggage. In his tenth year out of Michigan State, Burr
While other top free agents were raising the bar on their offseason conditioning regime, Burress spent his time behind bars completing the final months of his twenty month jail sentence. Many general managers across the NFL agree that Burress still has several productive years ahead making number 17 among the most highly coveted free agents on the market. With the Jets securing this top gun in their hip pocket (once again no pun intended) New York takes aim at cementing a title contending squad.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been an expert with reclamation projects most notably: Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie. Burress and Ryan may be a match made in heaven as the Jets head man has demonstrated he can coexist with any player regardless of how troubled their past. Burress seems to have a new lease on life, regretful of his careless acts and determined to once again ascend to the NFL’s elite.