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By PFW staff

The Jets are no stranger to bringing on players with baggage, and they continued the tradition Sunday morning by signing WR Plaxico Burress.

The former Giant signed a one-year deal worth $3.017 million, according to ESPN, and it's fully guaranteed.

Burress served a 20-month prison sentence on gun charges and was released from prison last month. Burress has not played since 2008, when he caught 35 passes for 454 yards with four touchdowns for the Giants in 10 games.

In the '07 season, the 6-foot-5 receiver had 70 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 scores. He also scored the game-winning touchdown in the Giants' Super Bowl win over the Patriots.

Burress met with the Giants on Friday and the Steelers on Saturday. The 49ers were also interested in the 34-year-old.

The Jets re-signed Santonio Holmes last week to a five-year, $50 million deal, but lost Brad Smith via free agency and the arrival of Burress signifies the end of Braylon Edwards' time in New York.

The way we see it

It was no surprise the Jets were interested in Burress, and Rex Ryan has created somewhat of a haven for players that have had off-the-field issues. With Edwards gone, it was crucial for the Jets to add a big target for Mark Sanchez. Randy Moss was another rumored possibility, but the Jets are taking their chances that Plax has remained in shape and can be a threat in the red zone.

 

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