Why wouldn’t Plaxico Burress be a Jet?
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The Jets signed the ex-con wide receiver to a 1 year $3 million contract. All the Jets did was replace one criminal wide receiver for another. The other criminal I am referring to is Braylon Edwards, who is still out on the market, but does not appear to be headed back to the Jets.
A guy like Plaxico belongs on the Jets. The Jets are the ideal home for every player in the league with baggage. Plaxico did not belong with the Giants or Steelers. Both those franchises are too conservative and clean cut. The Jets are the new Oakland Raiders of the NFL, babysitting all the nut jobs in the league.
The Plaxico signing followed up the Jets failed attempt to sign star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. I guess not everyone wants to play for Rex. I also thought all the players would take less money to play with him. Asomugha obviously did not feel the same way. He probably was not an appropriate fit for the Jets considering he is a terrific guy and has no criminal background.
Asomugha burned the Jets and opted to take 5 years and $60 million form the Eagles. It seems like everyone wants to play for Philly as they have virtually signed every high level free agent. It also goes to show how clueless all the “so called” experts are. All we heard last week was Asomugha was going to either the Jets or Cowboys. Philly was not mentioned once, yet swooped right in to sign him.
Back to Plaxico, the signing comes with a lot risk considering he has not played in the league for over two years. There is no guarantee he will be the same player he was before he went to prison. With the loss of Braylon Edwards, the Jets need Burress to be close to the player he was when with the Giants. If he is not, the move will be a complete failure and the Jets will live to regret it.
By Rob Bonanni