In 27 days, Plaxico Burress will be a free man … and a free agent.

The former Steelers and Giants receiver is serving a 20-month prison sentence on a weapons charge that expires on June 6, and the New York Post has a touching story on how Burress’ wife is taking care of their two kids while they await the day in which dad comes home.

The story is fascinating — give it a read to see the human side of Burress and you’ll likely find yourself feeling a bit sorry for the guy.

But what about his football life?

He turns 34 in August, and he has told his wife he feels as if he is in great shape.

“My body feels like the way it did in college,” he tells Tiffany.

A diet heavy on vegetables has made him thinner. And the trademark goatee is gone.

Burress is benefiting greatly from the lockout.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis won’t hear the owners’ appeal of Judge Susan Nelson’s decision to lift the lockout until June 3 — three days prior to Burress’ release. The court is expected to deliver an extended stay on Nelson’s decision at some point this week.

Had free agency taken place by now, the four-time 1,000-yard receiver might have been left in the dust. Now, there’s a decent chance he’ll be a free man before the new league year is launched.

So we can throw Burress into the “washed up but still talented” category of veteran free agent wide receivers that is also likely to include Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Chad Ochocinco.

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