Sunday, July 31, 2011
Jets beat Steelers, others for Plax
By James Walker
The New York Jets are the winners of the Plaxico Burress sweepstakes. On Sunday, the veteran receiver agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This weekend the Pittsburgh Steelers made their best pitch to land Burress, who was drafted by the team in 2000. All the key members of the organization, including coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert, made Burress feel welcome during his visit to Latrobe, Pa. Burress also looked comfortable walking around the facility and talking to many former teammates, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and cornerback Ike Taylor.
Getting Burress would have been a luxury for the Steelers. Pittsburgh's receiver position is deep with veterans (Hines Ward) and talented young players (Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown).
On the flip side, losing out on Burress makes it easier to get under the salary cap. According to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers remain at least $7 million over the cap. Pittsburgh must trim that number by next week. So more cuts are coming.