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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Jets would welcome Burress as a teammate


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Wallace Wright disliked the idea.

When we spoke during a break at teammate David Clowney's youth football clinic Saturday in Delray Beach, Fla., the subject of Plaxico Burress becoming a New York Jet came up.

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Wright and Clowney are unproven receivers already on the New York Jets roster. They, along with Chansi Stuckey, want their opportunity on a team that needs help at their position.

Wright remarked the mere temptation of acquiring Burress should be insulting to them.

"If you don't take it personally, then there's something wrong with you," said Wright, who had zero catches last year but was one of the Jets' best special-teamers. "That means you either don't want it or you don't want to play as bad as you should. I see it as a problem if you don't take it personally."

But Wright and other receivers apparently are in the minority.

New York Daily News beat reporter Rich Cimini took an informal poll Wednesday at Jets minicamp to see if they would welcome the free-agent receiver, whose future could come into better focus Monday.

The response was lopsided.

Jerricho Cotchery, the only Jets receiver with a legit resume: "When you have that type of talent on the market, I think anyone would want to have that guy. Any team would find a way to welcome him. It's just rare that you have that type of talent on the market this time of the year. I don't think anyone would pass."

Cornerback Lito Sheppard: "I'd open my arms wide if he's able to come here. I think the rest of the team would, too. That's a special talent. I only see upside if we're able to get him. That could definitely put us a lot closer to our goal."

Right tackle Damien Woody: "We've got a strong locker room and a strong locker room can deal with, quote-unquote, guys like that. I don't see any problem bringing in a guy like Plaxico."