Burress-to-Eagles rumors are a little premature

Posted: June 04, 2011

The Eagles are first in line to acquire Plaxico Burress, according to the prevailing theory.

There's one problem with this premise: It isn't likely.

Last week, the New York Post reported the Eagles will likely sign the former New York Giants receiver once he is released from the Oneida Correctional Facility on Monday.

On Thursday, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs told New York reporters that Burress had the Eagles at the top of his wish list. The New York Daily News, citing an NFL source, wrote that the Eagles were "absolutely interested in pursuing" him.

The Eagles can't publicly comment on Burress during the lockout, but it's safe to say the Burress information isn't coming from the NovaCare Complex.

It seems the Eagles' roll of the dice with Michael Vick has prompted the speculation. Vick, who hails from the same Chesapeake Bay area and is friends with Burress, has gone so far as to endorse the idea.

Burress will be 34 in August and hasn't played football since 2008 - when he shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub and was subsequently sentenced to two years in prison.

The matter of the third receiver, after DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, would appear to be far down on the Eagles' to-do list.


Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745, jmclane@phillynews.com, or @Jeff_McLane on Twitter.

 

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