Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Steelers bring back Plaxico Burress
By Jamison Hensley
The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed wide receiver Plaxico Burress, which was a move likely pushed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Pittsburgh didn't use Burress much last season, when he had three catches and one touchdown in four games. But there were subtle hints dropped by Roethlisberger after games that he didn't understand why Burress' involvement was limited.
The Steelers are going to need depth because Mike Wallace is expected to leave in free agency in a couple of hours. They're also going to need depth at a bargain price, which makes Burress a good fit in that regard.
If the Steelers are going to stick with this short passing game, they can use Burress' size more than they did last year. Pittsburgh doesn't need speed. The Steelers have that in Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. Burress can add a different wrinkle. The key, of course, is whether the Steelers use Burress, especially in the red zone.
In other news, the Steelers restructured the contract of linebacker LaMarr Woodley. That move cleared over $5 million in cap space.
Woodley joins Roethlisberger, Brown and linebacker Lawrence Timmons as players who have reworked their deals. Those four players cleared $18.473 million of cap room.