Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear on Wednesday that he would not hesitate to consider Plaxico Burress once the NFL lockout of its players ends.
“We evaluate case by case. It involved a lot of research into Michael – what kind of teammate he was. What his motivations were. How much he cared for the game,” Lurie said. “We’ve shown we’ll take chances if it’s warranted.”
Lurie had a great deal of say in acquiring Vick. “It would be similar,” Lurie said. “Any player, if there’s issues off the field, we have to ascertain . . . are they going to represent the Eagles and the community that we serve? Are they going to be part of events like this? Michael has shown this. If a player is not willing to be part of the culture we have, then I don’t think it’s a good fit.”
Lurie sat face-to-face with Vick before the Eagles signed him. Any courtship of Burress likely would repeat that dance.
“You can evaluate his talent. You can evaluate his age. But you can’t evaluate where his heart and his head are at the moment,” Lurie said. “Until you can do that . . . it’s far from enough information.”
Eagles head coach Andy Reid yesterday did not discount the possibility that the Eagles would look at Burress.
Certainly, in addressing Burress’ availability, Reid seemed undeterred by the firearms conviction and much more interested if Burress could still run.
“I know Plaxico. I haven’t even looked at [his availability]. There’s nothing you can do there,” Reid said. “Plax hasn’t played for a couple of years. We know what he was about when he played.” When asked about the subtle message of Vick wearing a Phillies cap, Reid said, “He must be a Phillies fan. If he’d had an Eagles hat on, then we’d talk.”