Plaxico proves he's worth the price tag

Burress transformed from washed-out wideout into relevant and productive playmaker

Updated: October 23, 2011, 10:00 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Plaxico Burress was 34 going on 50, a playmaker aging faster than Rex Ryan talks. People around the league were no longer debating whether Burress was worth the $3 million wage he landed out of prison.

They were debating whether Burress was worth a place in the New York Jets' lineup.

It's no fun growing old in the big city -- just ask the Derek Jeter of 2010 and the first half of 2011. Even icons aren't exempt from the laws of gravity and the whims ...

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