Burress to Eagles? Perhaps not best fit

Posted June 04, 2011 @ 3:37 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The chatter about Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress being rehabilitated teammates in Philadelphia is a story with legs recently. We're just not sure if this one holds water.

In checking with sources around the team, the feeling we got was that there was perhaps only lukewarm interest in Burress, who will be freed from prison on Monday and will be a free agent once the lockout is lifted.

Certainly, Vick has gone to bat for Burress, his friend off the field, and likely will again when football business resumes. The Eagles have seen firsthand what the rehabilitation process can do, as it helped turn Vick into perhaps the league's most electric player last season.

But that doesn't mean the Eagles will jump at the chance to sign Burress. Number one, the team considers its group of pass catchers a real strength. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are a top-flight starting duo, and Jason Avant is a clutch third-down receiver working out of the slot. In addition, Riley Cooper holds promise as a big wideout and red-zone option, seeing more time on offense as his rookie season wore on. The top two tight ends, Brent Celek and Clay Harbor, are athletic and could be productive.

Burress doesn't exactly fill a spot that the Eagles need, assuming all of these players are at full health this season, and he would not be a special-teams contributor. Certainly, his size and red-zone ability would be welcome, but Burress might not play his best football this season, having been in prison since 2009. It took Vick a year to reacclimate himself to the NFL, after all.

Don't be shocked if the Eagles pass on Burress and that he ends up elsewhere.