The lockout is still in full effect, but that does not stop SportsCenter from attempting to predict where the big-name available players will land once the league year gets started again. And Herm “You play to win the game” Edwards placed Plaxico Burress on the St. Louis Rams. We went through this before, about 2 years ago when Plaxico was released by the Giants and we were not sure if he was going to get jail time. Well, he got jail time and two years worth of it.
The connections are tenuous at best. Steve Spagnuolo is a former Giants coach and Plaxico is a former Giants player. DING. The Rams need wide receivers. DING. They force the conversation through these filters without really thinking about it. Yes, Spags was the defensive coordinator for the Giants, but we have no idea how he felt about Plaxico and his rumored bad behavior in meetings and in practice with the Giants. Secondly, the Rams drafted 3 new pass catchers in the draft to bring their number of tight ends and wide receivers to seven million.
In 2009, when I wrote about Plaxico, I gave him high grades for physical talent but very low grades for mental and teamwork portion. Coming out of prison, we are all hoping as a changed man – Plaxico should be a better teammate, more driven and focused. However, his physical skills will have declined, maybe permanently.
Moral of the story is now if the Rams signed Plaxico Burress, I would not be mad, but I think it would be unwise considering that Burress would prevent one of the Rams talented, raw and young receivers from getting a chance. It is never simply an addition, someone will be off the team to make room for Burress at the end of camp. Is the opportunity cost for Plaxico worth it? I don’t think so.