Former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has been released from prison after two years for illegal gun possession and will soon be looking for a new NFL employer ??? if he hasn???t started looking already. Every team with a need at wideout, which is at least half the NFL, has been considered a possible destination for Burress and he will almost surely receive multiple offers. Naturally, speculation the Redskins are interested in Burress ??? that???s what happens when any high profile free agent comes on the market. Nobody collects superstars past their prime like Dan Snyder and no one is more willing to overpay for them.
Burress has a few things going for him. He???s 6???5??? tall and you can???t coach that. He???s just about the biggest, strongest wideout around and has a proven ability to use that size to dominate cornerbacks smaller than himself ??? which is pretty much all of them. He???s not terribly quick, but he???s not slow either and his career 55 TD and 15.5 yards per reception prove he???s capable of being real downfield playmaker.
The Redskins need all that. Washington has no big, proven wideouts. Leonard Hankerson, the team???s third round 2011 draft pick, is 6???2??? but that???s a full three inches shorter than Burress and Hankerson has never played an NFL game and we don???t know when he will. In other words, he???s completely unproven at the pro level. The Redskins need size at wideout and they need another playmaker, someone who can make catches in the red zone ??? which Burress has done very well. So the Redskins and Burress seem like a natural fit.