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By Arthur Arkush

Free-agent WR Plaxico Burress would love to play for the Texans.

"When you say Houston," Burress recently told ESPN.com, "all I can say is 'Wow.' That's all I can say, because I give respect where respect is due. And I believe Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver in football. … The way he's playing down in Houston, they're getting everything going in the right direction. Matt Schaub has really taken off as an elite quarterback. I think Arian Foster is one of the top five running backs in this league. I think that team is bound for the playoffs this year and looking forward to great things."

But would the Texans love to add Burress to their already loaded offensive arsenal?

According to one source close to the team, Burress signing with the Texans is unlikely. In addition to Johnson, who is widely regarded as the cream of the crop among NFL wideouts, head coach Gary Kubiak is quite fond of WRs Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones, a free agent whom Houston will look to re-sign.

Although Burress fits the Texans' mold of big, physical receivers, word is repairing the defense and re-signing their own guys on offense is of much greater emphasis than adding a 34-year-old receiver who has not caught an NFL pass in more than two years.

Plus, we hear Houston would be wary about adding a player with as much baggage as Burress to a team with solid chemistry.

Burress' greatest contribution at this stage of his career could be as a go-up-and-get-it guy near the goal line. The Texans had little problem in that area of the field last season, finishing fifth in the league in red-zone offense.

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