Plaxico Burress’s last visit to Lambeau Field was a memorable one.
On that frosty night in Green Bay back in 2007, he lit up the stadium and Al Harris while helping the Giants win the National Football Conference title.
Take away Brett Favre’s final pass as a Packers quarterback and we might not even be talking about Burress, but because he went on to help his team win the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy two weeks after his appearance at Lambeau Field and then continued on into infamy by blasting a hole in his leg, he became a household name for all the wrong reasons.
His misguided actions landed him in prison.
But he’s back in the news this week because he will be released from incarceration within the next three week. And with that news there’s talk that he once again wants to play in the league.
Can anyone say Michael Vick? Many teams are being mentioned as possible landing spots … Washington, Philly, the Jets, Rams, and even a return to the Giants.
Nowhere in that discussion is the Packers. Of course there is good reason for that … most prominent being that Ted Thompson rarely considers free agents, not to mention one with as much baggage as Plaxico.
No doubt, he has a checkered past. Wherever he’s been he has raised eyebrows and the hackles of many.
Needless to say, he’s not a positive influence in the locker room or on the street. He’s not a model citizen.
But I still feel he could be a good fit in Packerland.
Stay with me here.
Consider the many players who have had difficulty focusing in other NFL cities and have succeeded in Green Bay … Doing so because it’s easier to focus solely on being a football player in Green Bay.
Plaxico fits that mold.
Consider how much easier it would be for him to slide onto the roster of the world champions instead of joining a team that’s rebuilding … He certainly wouldn’t have to be the center of attention.
Consider that Donald Driver is nearing the sunset of his career and that James Jones may be off to other pastures at some point in the near future. What better way to take the league’s best receiving corps to the next level than with a player who has already earned a ring?
Is it crazy to think that Plaxico would be a good fit? Probably, because the chances it could become reality is remote at best.
But could he be a good fit for this football team? Yes, but only if he toed the line, got into line behind the real leaders on this team of talented achievers, and made a committed effort to winning. He has won before and knows what it takes.
But don’t expect it … Especially considering the Packers used several draft picks this year to improve it’s already vaunted offense.
The Packers wouldn’t need Burress … But the receiver would probably do well for himself if he needed a team like the Packers.
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