According to Steve Serby of the New York Post, the San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to meet with wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Josina Anderson of Fox sports reports that due to a flight delay, that meeting is likely to take place on Sunday.
Burress missed the past two seasons while serving time on gun charges and had been looking to join a team since being released in June. Burress has been linked to returning to the New York Giants or the Pittsburgh Steelers, both of which he had played for previously and have met this weekend. He is also scheduled to meet with the New York Jets later this week.
The 49ers’ interest doesn’t come as a shock as the foot injury to wide receiver Michael Crabtree puts the 49ers in a position to look for a starting wide receiver. With the 49ers’ interest in Burress, it might suggest that Crabtree’s stint on the physically unable to perform list could extend past the preseason, forcing Crabtree ineligible to return after the team’s sixth game.
Burress had his best season in 2007, his last full season in the NFL. He totaled 70 catches with 12 touchdowns. He would catch the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl that year.
One selling point for Burress to join the 49ers is that he would be the clear #1 starter on the team. If he is fit and physical as he was before going to jail, he would be the best option for the 49ers on the roster. On both the Steelers and Giants, they are grooming young receivers and Burress might not see as much time on the field.
It does seem like a longshot that Burress could join the 49ers given his relationship with his previous teams. But if the 49ers can make a strong selling point to Burress with Crabtree’s return up in the air, it might just be the right fit. The 49ers right now, need a top wide receiver and Burress could be that answer.
The San Francisco 49ers today announced that S CJ Spillman has signed a one-year deal. The team tendered a one-year contract to exclusive rights free agent Spillman on March 2. Like other re-signed free agents like quarterback Alex Smith, he cannot participate in on-field activities until August 4.
Spillman (6-0, 199) originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2009. He was claimed off waivers by the 49ers on October 12, 2010. Spillman has played in 21 games (one start), notching nine tackles and 32 special team stops. Last season, Spillman tallied 19 special teams tackles, according to NFL game books, ranking tied for fourth in the NFL.
The 49ers also signed linebacker Larry Grant to the team. Grant was originally drafted by the 49ers in 2007 and spent last season with the Rams. The 49ers also added former Titans practice squad fullback Jack Corcoran to add depth to the roster that saw rookie Brit Miller go on the PUP list with a shoulder injury. MIller is expected to return in a couple days.
Cornerback Nate Clements was officially released from the team today. According to sources, he will be joining the Cincinnati Bengals.
“The 49ers organization greatly appreciates Nate’s efforts as a 49er,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “Nate is a class act, and a tough competitor, who has given a lot of himself over the past four years. We wish him, and his family, all the best.”
Safety Dashon Goldson, whom the 49ers are trying to re-sign as their starting safety, tweeted saying that the 49ers were still in the running for his services.