Philadelphia Eagles: Plaxico Burress Would Be a Luxury, Not a Necessity

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04:   DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins breaks up a pass instended for  Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets during a game at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Although the market for NFL free agents has settled down in recent days, many would argue that there are still improvements that could be made to the 2012 edition of the Philadelphia Eagles

In recent weeks, the Eagles had been linked to a plethora of linebackers, and the one they ended up settling on was a surprise to everyone.

More noteworthy, however, is the Eagles' connection to free-agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

Shortly before the NFL's free-agency period began, Burress made no secret of his desire to play with Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. While it's an intriguing idea, and perhaps the culmination of two great redemption stories, it's an unnecessary move for a team that would prefer to stay out of the limelight.

More recently, reports have surfaced of contact between Burress and the Eagles front office, but the intensity and the frequency of the contact is unknown.

One thing remains clear: if the Eagles were really serious about Burress, he would already have been introduced at the Novacare Complex as the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Plaxico has a valuable, yet limited skill set at this point in his career, and he would figure to play just a few snaps per game given the Eagles depth at receiver.  A contract for that sort of role player would be easy to finalize if the Eagles had any real interest. If they really wanted him, this thing would have been taken care of.

While the Eagles' struggles in the red-zone are well documented, they would be better staying away from the 34-year old wide-out. In fact, the Eagles have a well-known record of refusing to pay players past their prime. Just ask Brian Dawkins.

The improved play of Brent Celek, Clay Harbor and Jason Avant in the red-zone in 2011 was encouraging, and it really should be enough for this dynamic offense.

Burress is a one-year solution at best, and the team would be better served acquiring a new offensive weapon through next month's draft. Perhaps Notre Dame's Michael Floyd would do the trick.