When released from prison, will Burress be given another shot in NFL?

30 November 2008 - New York, NY - New York Giant's wide receiver Plaxico Burress, seen here in this file photo from February 5, 2008, accidentally shot himself with a gun while entering a New York City nightclub. The star receiver is expected to face charges on possession of a gun that is not registered in New York State. Photo Credit: Paul Zimmerman/AdMedia Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

The New York Post is reporting that former Giants’ receiver Plaxico Burress is expected to be released from prison within two or three weeks for good behavior.

Assuming that a) this report is accurate and b) the NFL reinstates him, will one of the 32 teams give Burress an opportunity to play?

Seeing as how he has 505 receptions, 7,845 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns, the quick answer to that question is probably: Yes, someone will give him a chance.

But by the time he’s reinstated, he’ll be 33 and would have just spent over 12 months in prison. He states that he’s been working out four times a week since he was sentenced, but obviously he’s a long ways off from being in football shape. Given his age and his time away from the game, it’s unlikely that teams are going to be fighting over themselves to sign the troubled former star. (Don’t forget that Burress doesn’t play special teams, so it’s not like he could contribute that way until he got back into game shape.) Even the Giants have a deep stable of receivers now.

If/when he’s released in a couple of weeks and if/when he’s finally reinstated, somebody will probably work him out. But there’s obviously a big difference between having him running a couple of routes in an open field and actually signing him to a contract.

Update: Plax’s lawyer says that the Post’s report was premature: “There’s a very wide range of possible outcomes here, and I do not want to get too ahead of myself,” the attorney said. “I don’t see (a return to football) happening in the short term. He still has a year left on his sentence.” (New York Daily News)

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