Steelers WRs on board with Burress’ return
Coach Mike Tomlin wouldn’t discuss Plaxico Burress’ possible return to Pittsburgh, but the two guys who would figure to lose the most playing time were all for the former Steelers first-round pick rejoining the team.
Second-year receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders said they would welcome Burress if he chose to sign with the Steelers.
“You all remember the Super Bowl when he had the game-winning touchdown?” Sanders asked Thursday. “It would be good. I would welcome it.”
Burress and Tomlin are slated to meet Saturday. ESPN reported earlier this week that Burress, who spent 22 months in jail on gun charges before being released less than two months ago, has whittled his choices to his former teams: the New York Giants and Steelers.
“He would be a good addition to the wide receiver corps,” Brown said.
Brown worked out with Burress over the summer in Miami. He was impressed with how sharp Burress was despite being out of the game for more than two years.
“He looks good,” Brown said. “He is in great shape, and he’s ready.”
Brown and Burress share the same agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who did not respond to an email last night. Burress, who will turn 34 on Aug. 12, has not played since Nov. 30, 2008.
“Antonio said he still got it,” Sanders said. “We could use him down around the goal line.”
Sanders, who had 28 catches for 376 yards and two touchdowns last year, could lose playing time if Burress is signed. Hines Ward and Mike Wallace are entrenched as the top two receivers, followed by Sanders and Brown.
“I can’t worry who Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin bring in,” Sanders said. “I have to worry about Emmanuel Sanders.”
Burress was with the Steelers from 2000-04 before signing a six-year, $25 million contract to play for the Giants.
“I’ve known him a long time,” quarterback Byron Leftwich said. “I’ll let that play out. I don’t know anything. I talked to him (Wednesday). It is a situation where he will do the right thing for himself.”
Leftwich said he talked to Burress at least four or five times a week during the receiver’s incarceration and said they discussed a broad range of topics.
“We talked a lot about everything,” Leftwich said. “When a guy is in jail and you talk to him every day, sometimes it is about football, sometimes it’s not about football. Jail is a tough place to be.”