I was reading the AFC North blog today, and one of the posts from a couple days ago talked about whether the Browns should take a chance with Plaxico Burress. He is set to be released from jail tomorrow, so it seems like a pretty good time to talk about this. James Walker seems to think if he comes at the right price then we should take a shot (here's a link to his post: (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/28248/should-browns-consider-plaxico-burress).
What do you guys think?
Here are the pro's and con's (in my opinion):
When he left the NFL to spend some time perfecting the art of holding on to the soap, he was one of the top receivers in the NFL. He's a nice big target to throw to and if the highlights I watched are any indicator, he can definitely go up and get the ball. He's gotta bring a ton of good experience on how to be a great receiver in the NFL.
He's been in the slammer for the last two years, and he was pretty much a big moron off the field before he was sent to jail. Being in jail for the last two years means he hasn't played football for two years. I don't think we should really expect that he will be at the top of his game like he was before he went to jail, but he should be decent at least.
Overall, I think it basically depends on whether he's changed his ways or not. I read on bleacherreport that Shurmur said he isn't going to be scared away by character concerns, but in this case I'm not sure it would be a good idea if he hasn't changed. Greg Little hasn't played football for a year and might be somewhat of a diva, and I don't see Burress as a good fit given that he hasn't played for even longer and may even encourage Little to turn into a diva. BUT, if he's changed his ways, I could see him adding a good veteran presence and even being productive on the field. That would be nice to have, especially with a bunch of young guys and a young quarterback.
What are your thoughts?