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Pittsburgh Steelers Reportedly Planning to Sign WR Plaxico Burress

December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress (80) looks on from the sidelines against the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly planning to sign veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress to a one-year deal this offseason, according to CBS Sports' NFL insider Jason La Canfora (via Twitter):

The Steelers plan to sign WR Plaxico Burress to a 1yr, vet min deal in the coming days, according to league source.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2013

Burress, who is now 35 years old, played in three games for Pittsburgh last season after signing with the team in November 2012. He recorded three receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown over the course of those four games with the Steelers.

At this stage of his career, Burress is no longer a top option in the passing game, but instead a solid red-zone threat at 6'5", 230 pounds. His speed isn't what it used to be but his hands are still top-notch.

Pittsburgh drafted Burress with the eighth overall selection in the 2000 NFL draft. The former Michigan State Spartan played five seasons in the Steel City before signing with the New York Giants in 2005.

Burress peaked in 2007-08, recording 70 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping lead the Giants to a Super Bowl championship. He even made the game-winning catch to defeat the New England Patriots. 

Following that peak, the veteran missed two full NFL seasons in 2009 and 2010 after getting into legal trouble involving an incident in which he accidentally shot himself in the leg. He made his return to football in 2011 with the New York Jets, performing well as a red-zone target and catching 45 balls for 612 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games.

Burress has more than 550 receptions, nearly 8,500 receiving yards and 64 touchdowns over the course of his 11-year NFL career. Pittsburgh is hoping he still has something left in the tank to contribute in 2013.

 

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