Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday he has communicated with WR Plaxico Burress and would be pleased if his former teammate rejoined him in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
"I've talked to Plax a number of times in the last couple of weeks," Roethlisberger said, according to the Tribune-Review. "I told him, 'Hey, if you came back here that would be awesome, but I'm just happy to see you playing again' because he's a good guy."
Burress, 34, was released from a New York state prison in June after serving 20 months stemming from a guilty plea on a weapon charge. He played with the Steelers from 2000-04 before signing with the Giants, for whom he played from 2005-'08.
The way we see it
It's unclear whether Burress fits with the Steelers after two years away from the game and with the club having sure starters in Mike Wallace and Hines Ward. The Steelers also like second-year WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, both of whom played more down the stretch. However, the Steelers have shown they are willing to reacquire former players for a second stint, with LB Larry Foote, QB Byron Leftwich and WR Antwaan Randle El all rejoining the team last season.