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The Philadelphia Eagles Need to Sign Plaxico Burress


No, this isn’t a bang-your-hands-on-the-table-oh-my-god reaction to the Giants winning the Super Bowl post. But when a logical move presents itself, you gotta do it.

The Eagles took an aggressive approach in free agency last summer, seemingly signing up a new big-name free agent what seemed like every single day.

And it didn’t work.

Ronnie Brown. Steve Smith. Vince Young.

Three high-profile free agents who failed miserably to produce for an underachieving 8-8 Eagles team.

While the names above were certain failures, the Eagles didn’t misfire on all fronts. Signings like Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, and Nnamdi Asomugha proved to be solid moves, though Asomugha certainly had an up and down season in 2011. Still, there’s no reason to believe these moves could prove to be extremely valuable down the line.

It’s not like 2011 was the first time the Eagles had ever chased big names–2004 brought superstars Terrell Owens and Jevon Kearse. But over the years, the Eagles have been the type of team that have succeeded (kind of) with blue collar players or homegrown superstars like Donovan McNabb, Trent Cole, Brian Westbrook, DeSean Jackson, and LeSean McCoy.

So when news broke that Plaxico Burress told WIP’s Howard Eskin that he would be interested in joining the Eagles earlier this week, it certainly gave me pause. Would they really go down this “grab the headlines” road again?

As this is written, the Eagles are putting together their plan for free agency and April’s draft. But could the plan include someone like Burress?

It seems to be a natural fit. He wants to be here. He showed he could be a model teammate in New York last season, notable in that many of his teammates failed to do just that. But most important, he fits a need.

The Eagles, for what seems ilke the tenth straight offseason, could use a playmaker in the red zone and Burress is, you guessed it, a playmaker in the red zone. The Eagles wide receiver situation is in a state of flux and they have a major decision awaiting them on DeSean Jackson, but regardless of whether or not Jackson returns, Burress would be a terrific addition to an offense that lacks an outside weapon that can go up and make an adjustment on the football–unless you’re counting on the maturation of Riley Cooper. I’m not.

So while I can understand the notion that the Eagles should abstain from chasing name players this offseason, Burress is one big name that I’d chase come March. And throw in Curtis Lofton, too.

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