Roethlisberger, Ward would welcome Plax

July, 29, 2011
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LATROBE, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Hines Ward played with Plaxico Burress early in their careers. Now, both Steelers veterans say they would welcome Burress back to the team which drafted him 11 years ago.

"We've been talking for the last couple months," Roethlisberger said. "I talked to him the other day and said, 'Would you be interested?' I'm excited for him to come when he comes here."

Roethlisberger would not divulge Burress' response. But we could find out soon, as ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Burress is scheduled to meet with Pittsburgh as early as today. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is expected to make his pitch to bring Burress on board, and the players in the locker room seem for it.

"If he can help us win another Super Bowl, I'm for it," Ward said. "We had some great years when we were together here. He can definitely add some explosiveness to our already explosive wide-receiving corps. If he's here, I would welcome him with open arms."

The Steelers are deep at receiver, but Burress, 34, is a big-body receiver they lack. Burress wouldn't have to be a starter in Pittsburgh, and the team could play to his strength, such as in the red zone.

The biggest issue could be salary. Mortensen reports Burress is seeking a deal in the range of $5 million per season. Pittsburgh is already struggling to get under the salary cap and made several big cuts in recent days. Therefore, it seems unlikely Pittsburgh would hit that number Burress reportedly is seeking.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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