According to a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot, the team will not pursue wide receiver Plaxico Burress when free agency starts. Burress was just released from prison Monday and will probably end up being a steal for whatever team -- likely a playoff contender -- decides to give him a chance. Cabot notes that three teams interested in Burress appear to be the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, and the St. Louis Rams. I would like to liken the Rams' situation to ours, but they are at least a year ahead of Cleveland in terms of their systems being in place.
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur was in attendance at the Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Tournament at Firestone Country Club, where he spoke about the team not necessarily needing to add a "veteran" receiver, since he feels the team already has some players with experience:
"I feel like we've got some veteran receivers,'' he said. "Although they're younger, they've played NFL seasons, so I'm looking forward to working with the guys that we have. I feel like we have a good team to start and move forward with, and that's the way we're gonna approach it.''
Shurmur indicated that he feels the team has already done enough to upgrade their receiving unit by drafting TE Jordan Cameron and FB Owen Marecic, but that if the team feels their is someone else who can help them, they won't rule out signing someone. Overall, it sounds like he is satisfied rolling with who the team currently has on the roster.