Houston Won’t Go After Free Agent WR Plaxico Burress

One of the more interesting players that will be on the free-agent market as soon as it starts likely next week will be wide out Plaxico Burress. The former Steelers and Giants WR has stated he would like to play for the Bears, or even the Texans, a team that is on the rise and could make a huge playoff push in 2011.

As Pro Football Weekly points out though, the Texans are a team with other needs, and wide out, more so Burress, is not going to be one of them.

“When you say Houston,” Burress recently told ESPN.com, “all I can say is ‘Wow.’ That’s all I can say, because I give respect where respect is due. And I believe Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver in football. … The way he’s playing down in Houston, they’re getting everything going in the right direction. Matt Schaub has really taken off as an elite quarterback. I think Arian Foster is one of the top five running backs in this league. I think that team is bound for the playoffs this year and looking forward to great things.”

But would the Texans love to add Burress to their already loaded offensive arsenal?

According to one source close to the team, Burress signing with the Texans is unlikely. In addition to Johnson, who is widely regarded as the cream of the crop among NFL wideouts, head coach Gary Kubiak is quite fond of WRs Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones, a free agent whom Houston will look to re-sign.

Now if Burress gets past the first round or two of free agency, and could come without having to break the bank, then the Texans may look at him. Still, the Eagles and I feel the Rams are two other teams that will likely give him a solid deal that could add to their receiver core. As for the Texans, they will quietly look to ink their own players instead.

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One Response to “Houston Won’t Go After Free Agent WR Plaxico Burress”

  1. Chris Bach says:

    He’s “quite fond” of Walter and Jones.

    The best passing attacks have no trouble using four and five receiver sets (Packers, Saints).

    Having played at less than full health last year, Owen Daniels was not the difference maker I know he is. That said, Plaxico Burress would be a dynamic match-up advantage and would create even better match-ups for the other guys. He’ll be cheap, too. Any team should be willing to work him out.