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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Burress to the Bears?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by the ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I know it's about time to close the NFC Beast book on Plaxico Burress, but aren't you still curious to see where he ends up? Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times thinks Chicago would be a good fit, in part because the team doesn't have a legitimate No. 1 receiver on the roster.

Some of her other reasons were somewhat faulty, noting the Bears' willingness to harbor players with character issues in the past. The club allowed players such as Tank Johnson and Cedric Benson to embarrass the franchise, so you'd like to think the Bears may have learned from their mistakes.

"I understand the arguments against bringing Burress to town," writes Slezak. "He was stupid enough to carry a concealed weapon and accidentally shoot himself in the leg. He also supposedly was chronically late for meetings with the New York Giants, which didn't sit well with the chronically early Tom Coughlin. And he reportedly cursed out a cop during a recent traffic stop. He has issues -- I get it. But this is the NFL we're talking about. Half the league has issues. As we've seen time and again, all that matters is whether a guy can play."

So there you go. Half the league has issues, so Burress should be a nice fit for the Bears. After seeing Burress interact with Michigan State fans at Ford Field the last few days, I'm thinking the Lions might be a better fit. The Eagles have reportedly denied any interest in Burress, although it's still fun to imagine him lining up with Donovan McNabb against the Giants.