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Plaxico wants Bears; do Bears want Plaxico?

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While free-agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress thinks he would be a great fit in Chicago, multiple sources have told the Sun-Times that the Bears would only be interested in the former New York Giants playmaker at a bargain basement price, if at all.

Burress told WMVP (AM-1000) on Tuesday that the Bears will be one of this top three destinations when the lockout ends. While Burress would seem to fit the Bears need of a bigger, play-making receiver, he was recently freed after serving almost two years for carrying an unlicensed gun after accidentally shooting himself in the leg in a New York night club. As if character concerns, inactivity and his age (he turns 34 next month) weren't enough to worry about, Burress is not known for running the type of precise routes required in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's offense.

In other words, while he may be the type of receiver that quarterback Jay Cutler would love to throw in a sandlot game, he likely doesn't fit the requirements of Martz's precision scheme.

The fact that the NFL lockout would prevent Cutler and Burress from practicing with each other in the offseason and during a potentially abbreviated preseason could be seen as another detriment.

"Oh without question, without a doubt [the Bears are among my top three destinations]," Burress said on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on Tuesday. "My decision making is going to come down to what I said, playing with an elite quarterback, playing with a running game, playing with a great tight end, and Greg Olsen is already that guy, in my estimation he'll be a Pro Bowler this season.

"That's the same situation I went into when I made my decision to go to New York. It's a pretty similar situation."

Burress said he's "a big fan" of Cutler's during the radio interview and that he has received a lot of "love" from Bears fans via social networking sites.

"I can't say where I'm already going," Burress said. "There are a lot of situations for me to go into. It's not solely going to be based on how much I'm going to be making. It's going to be based on me putting myself in a great situation. Me going to a city where I'm going to be embraced by the fans, and going to an organization that I can help and make the other players around me have the impact, go out and score some touchdowns and hopefully win the Super Bowl."

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No, oh god no. Why would anyone want a 24 year old reciever who has not played football since 2008. If you can get him real cheap fine, dude served his time. But when was the last time he was in football shape and he has had not off-season programs to really help him get back to where he would need to be, not to metion learning a new offense.

He should be a big fan of Cutlers, Cutler is ranked with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees for TD% over the last three years. Although they both have a lot more attempts than him.

Here is a list of available or percieved to be available FA's and they are all ranked by position, it comes from PFF.

http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/07/09/free-agency-finally-approaches/

Another list by PFF the top 51 Free agents.
http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/07/11/top-51-free-agents/

PFF also has their offensive line rankings out, this is part one of that ranking. The Bear report.

31. Chicago Bears (2009 Rank: 26th)

Run Rank 21st, Pass Rank 32nd, Penalties Rank 31st

On the plus side, Jay Cutler is somehow still walking. Any lineman who played considerable snaps graded worse than -10.0 in our ratings, with one at -20.4 (Chris Williams), another at -31.6 (Frank Omiyale) and the worst at -42.7 (J’Marcus Webb). Brutal blocking in pretty much every respect that makes you appreciate the work of the skill players all the more.

Best Player: With a -12.4 grade, Roberto Garza was the ‘best’ of a bad bunch.

Biggest Concern: You’d expect J’Marcus Webb to improve a little in year number two, but he has a long way to go. Let’s hope Gabe Carimi is NFL ready.

Just to be clear my point about the linemen is not to beat a dead horse. It is to point out the fact that this is the Bears most pressing need, not reciever( I am still hoping for Yanda). Jay Cutler managed to improve last year behind this line, if you put him behind a good line chances are he will see a marked improvment again and be a lot happier not having his butt kicked in almost every game. This will also help improve the recievers they have and one would hope that Bennett gets a Steve Smith type role in the offense, NY not Carolina.

If you get a guy like Plaxico cheap then fine throw him in the mix, but Floyd, and Holmes are better options at this point. Neither is a number 1 but then again the Bears don't really have a number 2 and Floyd would help balance out Knox and or Bennett. Rice is probably to expensive at this point and Holmes still off the field issues.

The Jags could use a guy like him to show the NFL what girrard can do. It would be great for plax as he would easily make the starting team and lay low at least until playoff time.

When the Bears got Julius Peppers they proved that TALENT makes the difference!

If your players don't have the talent, no amount of coaching by Marinelli did any good.

Because the Bears STILL don't have the TALENT at the Offensive Line and WR, they will STILL NOT be able to run Martz' offense. Martz' system just won't work with the players they have.

In order to be successful, the offense will only be able to run plays that their TALENT will allow them to, or Cutler will be sacked 50+ times again, concussed, and limping.

Because Plaxico Burress did / does have major TALENT, he will bring a new weapon the Bears badly need with the type of offense the Bears really will end up having to run.

Forget all the fancy routes and WR's dropping balls, not fighting for balls, running wrong routes, stopping early on routes, and no ability to break a tackle.

Get that big target out there that can catch that ball that Cutler says he wants when he 's running for his life again this year.

Very well said,,,why doesn't anyone get it????

The only way I see a fit for Plax (34 years old) on the Bears is if he signs a contract that they can cut him without having to be obligated.The only good this lock out may have, is that the front office has more time to do their homework on the up comming free agents.

Let me explain my above comment and like I said,I like him only if the price is right. But even then, it might be more of a risk than I could stomach. I agree that Burress was a talented receiver when we last saw him on the field. Is he still that? I don’t know. Time off undoubtedly erodes talent. But Burress’ skill set, in my opinion, minimizes his viability in Martz’s scheme. Burress isn’t the explosive route runner that Martz covets, and he’s not a speedy deep threat, which I think limits him in terms of the routes the team would call for him. So if I’m a defensive player, and I see Burress lined up in the slot across from me, I’m thinking there are just a few routes he could run. That situation would lead to predictability on Chicagos offense. So really, Burress wouldn’t necessarily be drawing any attention away from the other receivers, and that defeats the purpose in my opinion.

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