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Plaxico Burress Released From Jail, Now What?

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Plaxico Burress was released from prison Monday after serving nearly two years on a gun charge.

The former New York Giant wide receiver left the Oneida Correctional Facility in central New York early Monday morning with his lawyer, Peter Frankel and agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

So what’s next for the troubled NFL receiver?

Rosenhaus said earlier Monday that the receiver isn’t ruling out a possible reunion with the Giants.

“I wouldn’t rule out any team, I wouldn’t rule out the Giants, I wouldn’t rule out any club,” Rosenhaus told reporters. “I really won’t talk about specific teams because I don’t want to hurt his position. As far as the Giants, my personal opinion is he wouldn’t rule them out. I certainly wouldn’t.

If I was an NFL owner, I would take Plaxico Burress in a heartbeat.

He’s extremely motivated.  He lost millions of dollars and was put in jail in the prime of his career.  He spent 21 months behind bars.  He was away from his family and couldn’t earn any money!

A guy like that some deemed arrogant learned that it all can be taken away at any moment.  He appreciates being free and having the chance to play in the NFL now more than ever!!

Burress isn’t going to cost a team much money.  He’s likely going to be dropped by the Giants and will become a free agent.

There’s plenty of doubt around him now and when there’s doubt and uncertainty, there’s more of a risk.  When there’s more of a risk, that means the price is cheap!

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He’ll be working for slightly above the minimum salary and unlike other guy’s working for the minimum, he’ll just be happy to be in the league.  Think about it: He’s made .20 cents an hour for the last 2 years.  The league minimum will be nice!

Burress is still a top flight NFL receiver and there are plenty of teams with shortcomings at that position.

Washington, Philadelphia, NY Jets and the St. Louis Rams could all use a guy like Burress.

A wide receiver can easily come to a team and make an immediate contribution.  There’s really nothing to learn.  He’s not a QB – he’s a guy that runs pass patterns.  That’s why rookie wide outs are much better than rookie quarterbacks.

Then there’s the Michael Vick situation.  Normally a guy that’s released from prison could be deemed damaged goods but Michael Vick changed all that.

Vick served a 23-month federal sentence for running a dogfighting ring, has shown it is possible to successfully return to the league.  He was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year and by the end of the season, there was no real protests by anyone when he played.  Because of Vick, there’s no longer such a negative stigma attached to a former felon.

If I were an NFL owner, I would be lining up to sign Burress the minute the NFL lockout ended.

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