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Monday, June 15, 2009
Bucs still looking at Burress?

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

With Plaxico Burress' next court date on his weapons charge set for Sept. 23, ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson says the receiver may play in the NFL this season.

Although Burress still faces the possibility of jail time, Munson said it's unlikely commissioner Roger Goodell will suspend him before the resolution of the legal case. That means Burress could be available to at least start this season and the only NFC South team that has shown any reported interest is Tampa Bay.

Would the Bucs really go out and sign Burress while there's still the possibility of him going to prison? Anything's possible, but such a move could have only a very short-term benefit if Burress ends up in prison.

There's no doubt Burress is a very talented player. There's also little doubt the Bucs are looking for another receiver to go with Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton, and the salary cap is a non-issue as they have $30 million in space. They've been sniffing around several receivers in recent months. I think Burress remains a possibility.

But the name I keep hearing is Marvin Harrison. I'm not saying there is anything imminent. But I know there's been some contact between the Bucs and Harrison's representative. I'm not sure how much Harrison has left and his age doesn't really fit with Tampa Bay's youth movement. But, at least, he's definitely available.