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Insider Only NFL: Could Plaxico Burress become an option as No. 4 WR if Wallace intends to holdout into regular season?


 WR Plaxico Burress declined a two year offer from the Steelers last summer believed to be worth around $3 million. Burress received just north of that on a one year deal with the Jets in 2011 but he’s now out of the league and can’t find work. It’s possible a discussion between the Steelers and Drew Rosenhaus about Burress did happen when Drew was in town last week negotiating Antonio Brown’s deal but for now the Steelers appear comfortable with a young guy battling for one of the final receiver spots.
That, however, could change If a couple weeks down the road it becomes clear to Steeler management that Mike Wallace intends to sit out regular games, in addition to Emmanuel Sanders knee and foot issues that won’t be going away. Bringing Burress in as a No. 4 receiver, red-zone threat, would not be a bad idea as the Steelers lack size at the wideout position and a top priority is improving in the red-zone. Burress last season had 45 receptions for 612 yards and 8 touchdowns, making an impact mostly in the redzone with the Jets. He struggles to get open between the 20’s at this stage in his career, but is a big body target in the redzone. Burress fitting in wouldn’t be an issue as Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders have worked out with him the past two off-seasons.

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