Does Plaxico Burress fit with Steelers?

July, 27, 2011
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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress will meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- the team that drafted him 11 years ago -- later this week. According to Mortensen, Burress will talk with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who will make a pitch for Burress to join the reigning AFC champs.

Pittsburgh's interest in Burress is curious, to say the least.

First, the Steelers have plenty of depth at receiver. Burress, at best, would be a No. 3 receiver behind starters Mike Wallace and Hines Ward. Burress, who is 34 and hasn't played since 2008, also would have to beat out up-and-coming receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown for playing time.

Second, Pittsburgh doesn't have cap room to spare. The team began the week about $10 million over and that number will increase later this week when they sign top cornerback Ike Taylor and kicker Shaun Suisham. Burress probably won't come cheap. Therefore, if Pittsburgh adds him to the roster, that would mean even more significant cuts across the board for the Steelers to get under the cap.

Stranger things have happened, but adding another receiver isn't a big need for the Steelers. Pittsburgh's limited dollars this summer could be better spent elsewhere, such as depth on the offensive line or at cornerback.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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