Analyst: Chargers should consider Burress

June, 13, 2011
6/13/11
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On ESPN’s “NFL Live” earlier Monday, analyst Tim Hasselbeck listed the San Diego Chargers as one of the teams that should consider signing receiver Plaxico Burress, who was recently was released from prison.

Does it make sense?

First of all, he will be 34 and he has missed the past two NFL seasons. I’m not sure San Diego general manager A.J. Smith would be interested. Smith has often stayed away from players with character issues.

Plus, depending on the rules of free agency, the Chargers could have Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd as their starting receivers. If that doesn’t develop, San Diego would be on the lookout for a receiver. The Chargers reportedly are planning to monitor Carolina veteran receiver Steve Smith after the lockout. Smith could potentially be made available through a trade.

If the Chargers were looking for a veteran, Burress could be a better fit than Smith, scheme wise. He is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. Smith is 5-foot-9. The Chargers prefer bigger receivers and Burress could look good in San Diego’s receivers’ meeting room.

Still, I would be surprised if San Diego makes Burress a priority when free agency begins unless it expects big changes at the position.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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