Should Browns consider Plaxico Burress?

June, 3, 2011
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Former Pro Bowl receiver Plaxico Burress will be released from jail on Monday and ESPN.com has assessed his potential landing spots. In the AFC North, the only realistic possibility for Burress is the Cleveland Browns, who have a big need at receiver.

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But should Cleveland take a chance on the now 33-year-old receiver who has been out of football since 2008?

The Browns are severely lacking quality and depth at receiver, and Burress knows the division well after spending five years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's a big, physical receiver who can potentially help the Browns close the talent gap in the division with the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.

Cleveland starting receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi are not enough to help second-year quarterback Colt McCoy get to the next level. Burress is no longer a top-flight receiver. But if he's healthy and can get close to the level of three or four years ago, he would be someone the defense has to account for.

Burress is expected to get interest from several teams around the league, which could drive up the price and take the Browns out of the running. But in the event the price and interest remains low on Burress, pursuing him could be a risk worth taking for the Browns.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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