Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress didn’t take long after being released from jail to find a new NFL home. CBSSports.com reported on Sunday that the controversial wide receiver agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets worth an estimated $3.017 million.
The move increases the fantasy football value of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and makes Burress a viable consideration in the 2011 fantasy football drafts.
Plaxico Burress’ career in New York came to an abrupt end when he carried a firearm into a night club and accidentally shot himself in the leg. New York chose to make a strict example out of the wide receiver and sentenced him to 19-months in prison for carrying and discharging an illegal weapon.
On the Jets offense, Burress will take the place of Braylon Edwards across the field from newly re-signed Santonio Holmes, who just signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the team. The move unites Burress, a former Pittsburgh Steelers star with Holmes, the man who replaced him in the Steelers lineup when Burress left for the New York Giants.
“I know they have a good team and everybody knows Rex (Ryan), so …” Burress said before making his decision. “I think (Ryan) is great. He stands behind his players, I think his players have a lot of respect for him and they play hard for him. … He’s a great coach, great personality. He seems like he’s always upbeat.”
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