Sunday, August 12, 2012
'Plax' to the Pats? No thanks
By James Walker
The New England Patriots really are leaving no stone unturned this year.
The latest example is the reigning AFC champ's surprising interest in free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress. The veteran receiver is working out with the Patriots on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Today happens to be Burress' 35th birthday.
Credit the Patriots for always looking for talent. But New England is fine on offense. Its passing game will be elite with or without Burress.
New England has more than enough receivers. The Patriots have a deep and talented group that includes Pro Bowler Wes Welker, deep threat Brandon Lloyd and veterans Jabar Gaffney, Deion Branch, Donte Stallworth and Julian Edelman.
At best, Burress would be fourth or fifth on New England's depth chart. Why take on another aging receiver if you're the Patriots? This possible signing would have "Chad Ochocinco circa 2011" written all over it.
The only plus I can see for the Patriots is Burress might come cheap. Burress is still looking for work and may be willing to play on the veteran minimum. If so, New England might take flier on a potential red zone threat. But other than that, New England should pass on adding another receiver.