Bears aren’t keen on Plaxico Burress
By NEIL HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org July 12, 2011 11:28PM
Plaxico Burress says the Bears are among the top three teams he'd like to play for, but there's a lot working against him. | Kathy Willens~AP
Updated: July 13, 2011 5:03AM
Free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress thinks he would be a great fit with the Bears, but multiple sources have told the Sun-Times the team would be interested in the former New York Giants star only at a bargain price, if at all.
Burress told WMVP-AM (1000) on Tuesday that the Bears are one of his top three choices. While he would seem to fit the Bears’ need for a bigger, playmaking receiver, he recently was freed after serving nearly two years in prison for carrying an unlicensed gun and accidentally shooting himself in the leg in a New York nightclub in November 2008.
As if character concerns, inactivity and his age (he turns 34 next month) weren’t enough, Burress isn’t known for running the precise routes required in coordinator Mike Martz’s offense. In other words, while he might be the type of receiver quarterback Jay Cutler would love to throw to in a sandlot game, he likely wouldn’t fit into Martz’s precision scheme.
The fact that the lockout would prevent Cutler and Burress from practicing with each other during the offseason and during a potentially abbreviated preseason is another detriment.