The Chicago Tribune believes the Bears remain 'Plex-ible' at WR heading into the 2009 season, suggesting general manager Jerry Angelo may be in the market to add Plaxico Burress to a receiving corps that needs playmakers.
The 6-5, 226-pound Burress has racked up three 1,000-yard receiving seasons during his nine-year NFL career and was instrumental in the Giants upsetting the previously unbeaten Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, but he's in all kinds of trouble off the field after an incident on Nov. 28 of this past year. The former first-round draft pick suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right thigh in a New York City nightclub when his Glock pistol, tucked in the waistband of his sweatpants, began sliding down his leg – he apparently pulled the trigger accidentally and caused it to fire upon reaching for it. The Giants suspended Burress for the final four games of the season and then placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list, meaning he was ineligible for the postseason.
While Burress remains free on $100,000 bail, his football future is up in the air because he could very well spend some time behind bars.
Burress has caught 505 passes for 7,845 yards and 55 TDs during a nine-year NFL career.
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Even though the Monsters of the Midway need to surround Jay Cutler with as many targets as possible, and Burress offers the combination of size and strength that Chicago's new QB found comforting with Brandon Marshall in Denver, remember how bad this organization looked with the Tank Johnson fiasco back in 2006. Eerily similar to what happened to Johnson, a police search of Burress' New Jersey home on Dec. 23 turned up weapons and ammunition for which the star receiver did not have the proper permits. Johnson was pulled over in Arizona for suspicion of DUI shortly after the raid that should have kept him on the straight and narrow, the incident that finally led to his release by the Bears, just like Burress was cited for four separate moving violations after a Mar. 1 traffic stop in Florida.
Burress may fit the profile for what Angelo is looking for opposite Devin Hester in the starting lineup, but his legal issues and questionable character should make him too much of a risk to be considered.
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