Recent news indicates one Mr Plaxico Burress will not serve any jail time until 2010. This story is one of those, the good news is, the bad news is type of deals.
First of all, the good news is that Plax will be available for this season, (depending on Roger Goodell’s will) and The Bears are free to sign him without having it be a question mark this season. The bad news is, this is not long term and is a major distraction should we sign him.
This leaves me, as well as most Bears fans, completely confused on how to feel about this. On one hand, this is very similiar to the Patriots of two years ago. They signed a slew of free agents and had a solid core around them. All they did was go 16-0 in the regular season and miss winning a Super Bowl because of a, guess who, Burress TD catch.
I think that this would be the last piece of the puzzle for our team. What I worry about though is the distraction Plaxico Burress is. ESPN’s Tim Hasselback (an analyst who I’ve never put much stock in) stated this about the wideout: “I played with the guy. I was in the locker room with him for two years. He’s a disaster as a teammate.
He’s a disaster as a guy that you have to coach.” Now even with grain of salt in hand, I worry about him being a cancer to a team. I worry about the constant media attention he’ll get, mostly for his off the field habits. I worry about what kind of team we will be with him.
All in all, I have to say the Jerry Angelo will probably sign him for a one year, mid market deal. And I won’t have a problem with it, but I will have a few reservations. But if he doesn’t, I have a good feeling about our receivers on their own. I am personally interested to see Earl Bennett and what kind of skills the kid has.
Word is that Ron Turner is watching a bunch of Broncos tape from the last two years to see what Cutler can really do. What he is looking to do is add plays to the playbook that are taken from Denver. I personally think this is a great idea.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Cutler obviously excelled in the Denver offense under Mike Shanahan and it only makes sense to mimic those plays. Our offense is fairly similiar to Cutler’s former team, and adding plays that feature roll outs and QB scrambles are exactly what we need.
One of the reservations I had with the Cutler trade was Turner’s ability to use him the way he should be used. This relaxes some of those fears I had earlier.