The Ravens have been mentioned as one of a handful of teams who could have interest in Burress. They could use another deep threat, and Burress was one of the league’s most dangerous red-zone receivers in his prime. Ravens coach John Harbaugh also said back in January that the team would “consider him.”
It’s natural to make a comparison to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who has salvaged his career after a long stint in prison for operating a dogfighting ring. But as I wrote on this blog a few months ago, Vick is a freak of nature and an anomaly.
Just because Vick was again able to play at a Pro Bowl level doesn’t mean Burress, who has hauled in 505 catches for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns in nine seasons, will be able to. At his age, a return to stardom seems unlikely, but Burress can at least be a valuable role player -- and that’s if he is indeed a changed man, which is no certainty. He did the prison time and deserves a chance to prove himself as a person and as a player, though.
Your turn: Should the Ravens make a play for Plaxico Burress?