I should clarify: Vick apparently doesn’t want to be the lone ex-con on the Eagles. Something tells me the city of Philadelphia grades quite well in the ex-con per capita category.
Anyway, the Eagles quarterback has officially endorsed Plaxico Burress as a future member of the team.
“Absolutely it would be a great addition for our team. I think with the guys we have now I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger at the end of the year. I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did and he’ll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can. I think the guys would be willing to embrace him and bring him in. If that happens? Who knows? We talking about “what ifs” now? It would certainly be a good thing.”
Vick spent 19 months in prison on dogfighting charges. Burress is slated to be released from the slammer on June 6 after 21 months behind bars as a result of single-bullet shootout with himself at a Manhattan nightclub.
Because Burress is almost certainly going to be a free man prior to the start of free agency, his potential landing spot has been a hot topic during this extremely slow period on the NFL schedule. While teams like the Jets, Giants and Rams have been discussed, the Eagles have recently emerged as the lead candidate in the rumor mill.
“Once the lockout is over, it would make sense for Burress to hold his own mini-camp and invite all interested teams to check him out. I’ve heard that the Eagles will eventually be first in line, but there’s also speculation the Steelers, Chargers, Falcons and Ravens could also be interested.
“Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and coach Andy Reid, having already been through the post-prison experience with Vick, might be in a better position to handle any public backlash about adding another former inmate. They could also help Burress with his transition back to the NFL. Putting Burress with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin would give Vick plenty of options.”
The Eagles took a chance on Vick, and it paid off huge. So now I’m wondering if Andy Reid, Jeffrey Lurie, Joe Banner and Howie Roseman will confidently pursue another controversial star, or if they won’t want to push their luck.