Though we frankly find it hard to believe, we’re hearing that multiple teams already have expressed interest in unexpected free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress. On one hand, it makes sense. The Giants arguably would not have won Super Bowl XLII without Burress on the roster. They also probably wouldn’t have even qualified for the game. And their failure to get out of the divisional round of the playoffs probably has something to do with the fact that he didn’t play. On the other hand, Burress has a dark legal cloud hovering over him. One way or another, he seems to be destined for jail. The question is whether he cuts a deal now and tries to make a meaningful contribution to a new team in 2009, or whether he defers resolution until after the coming season and plays one more year before facing the consequences (other than the bullet through the thigh) of carrying a loaded and unlicensed Glock in the waistband of his sweatpants. But with an unprecedented number of coaches who own Super Bowl rings waiting in the wings for the inevitable annual purge that a zero-sum industry triggers, coaches who are feeling the heat might be willing to take a chance on a player like Burress. Dick Jauron already did it in Buffalo with Terrell Owens. Other coaches and/or execs who might be feeling antsy in this regard include Mike Tannenbaum of the
Giants Jets, Jack Del Rio of the Jaguars, Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith of the Texans, Norv Turner and A.J. Smith of the Chargers, Andy Reid of the Eagles, Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo of the Bears, and Brad Childress of the Vikings. The Bay Area teams also should be included, as they always are, when a high-end wideout is available. 49ers coach Mike Singletary thinks he can reform bad boys, and Raiders owner Al Davis is drawn to them. So, one way or another, Burress will likely get another shot. Without having to carry a loaded and unlicensed Glock in the waistband of his sweatpants.