How’s that for gratitude.
Free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress says that while the New York Jets want him back for another season, the former inmate would rather head south to Philly.
In an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic, a Philadelphia radio station, the 34 year old said he wants to be a member of the Eagles.
“Nothing else would make me happier,” Burress said. “Obviously, coming to Philadelphia and instituting myself to the offense it just adds a unique dynamic to what’s already in place.”
After receiving a one-year, $3 million deal from the Jets after his release from prison, apparently Burress has had enough.
“As far as I understand, they pretty much just left the door open for me to make a decision to come back,” Burress said. “I went up there and played just as well as I thought I would. And I did some things a lot of people didn’t think I would do. (Coach) Rex (Ryan) and (GM) Mike Tannenbaum and (owner) Woody Johnson I have nothing but the utmost respect for them.”
Burress, with 8 touchdowns this season, had 45 catches for 612 yards.
“They brought me into a situation not knowing what they would get out of me and just really pushed me on an individual level to get back to being the player I can be,” he said. “Having that trust in you to go out and start Sunday Night Football (Week 1 vs. Cowboys) being away for two years. I just thought to myself I had to go out and not let those guys down.”
As for Burress’ desire to play with the Eagles, Burress said he talks to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick “once or twice a week.”
“I just see myself in that offense being out on the edge … there’s just so many options. I always say you can neutralize speed, but you can’t neutralize size. . . It’s a unique dynamic especially with Mike at quarterback and being able to roll out and get to the edge and run the football in for touchdowns. So, we’ll see what happens.”
“I really believe he [Vick] can bring a championship to Philadelphia and I would love to be a part of it.”