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Burress not getting his wish with Dolphins

Before he wrote his buzz column that included this interesting tidbit about Plaxico Burress wanting to join the Dolphins, colleague Barry Jackson called and asked if I knew whether the Dolphins would consider adding Burress as a way of improving their receiver corps.

I told Barry I had no idea because I haven't asked. Well, now I've asked and Burress, a South Florida resident, has two chances of playing for the 2009 Dolphins.

You guessed it: Slim. And none.

The Dolphins are not now and probably will not be interested later in Burress even if he clears the marathon course of legal hurdles he must navigate before getting back in the game. Yes, Burress is a supremely talented receiver who has had a productive career since being drafted eighth overall by the Steelers in 2000.

But come on, does one have to spell out the problems with Burress coming to Miami? There was a long pause and a, "Is this the reason you're calling me," response from one source when I asked about this possibility Tuesday.

Here are the positives and negatives on the issue as the Dolphins see it:

The positives: There are no positives.

The negatives:  Let's start with the easy stuff. Burress is going to be 32 years old in August and exempting everything else, he is in decline. His yards per reception average has dropped since hitting a career high of 19.9 in 2004. It was 16.0 in 2005, 15.7 in 2006, 14.6 in 2007, and 13.0 in 2008. And that's the least of his problems.

He has proven to be injury-prone the past couple of years and rarely, if ever, practiced during the 2007 season even as the Giants were rushing headlong toward a Super Bowl title. As you know, practice is kinda sorta important to Tony Sparano -- just behind breathing.

Then there are the sideshow issues that Burress tows in his wake. The biggest problem he faces is the looming legal issue stemming from his accidental shooting on November 28, 2008. Burress, in his infinite wisdom, carried a Glock pistol in the waistband of his sweatpants into the LQ nightclub in New Yawk. The gun began sliding down his leg and, as he apparently fumbled for it, Burress shot himself in the leg F-Troop style.

(Give me a second to stop laughing after typing that last sentence.) 

Aside from the pain and embarrassment the shooting might have caused Burress, the bigger problem is the ensuing charge of unlawful carrying of a handgun authorities slapped on Burress. The charge carries a 3 1/2 year sentence if Burress is convicted. Burress has pleaded not guilty to the charges but as Mike Florio astutely notes in today's rumor mill at profootballtalk.com, the issue is not just going to poof, disappear, before the start of the 2009 season. And so even if Burress eventually gets off, his chances of contributing to a new team at the start of the season seem remote.

Oh, and there are a myriad other reasons Burress is not on Miami's radar.

Even if you dismiss the shooting because, hey, stuff like that doesn't bother you, there is the March 1, 2009 traffic stop in which Burress was ticketed four times for various things and must still resolve in Broward County court. There is the domestic violence calls in August and September of 2008 that resulted in temporary restraining orders against Burress that were later dismissed by the state.

And then there are the football problems.

Remember that Burress played for Tom Coughlin, a Bill Parcells disciple and friend. Parcells can pick up the phone and ask Coughlin about Burress and get unambiguous answers. And some of those answers would likely come after questions about Burress being chronically late to team meetings, Burress refusing to practice because of an ankle injury the team didn't believe he had, Burress pouting about his contract, and Burress being suspended by the team on Oct 5, 2008 for violating an unspecified team rule.

The Steelers also suspended Burress in 2004 for for failing to show up for a practice. Burress has been fined by the Steelers, Giants and the NFL at various times during his career and estimates on those cumulative fines range from $50,000 to over $200,000.

So the picture is bleak for Burress if he continues to hold out hope for a chance with the Dolphins.

Because it is not happening.


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Carlito, no problem...I see said the blind man.

i am webber the great ,i know what no body knows and i am done with this subject of ace childish stuff,let's talk love and more love,


I was trying to help Jersey Mike understand, that is all.

Lets talk about top 10 people to be most likely to shoot themselves in the leg next.

10. Chad Ochocinco
9. Joaquin Phoenix
8. Gary Busey
7. DMX
6. Pacman Jones
5. Michael Vick
4. JD Quinn
3. Stephon Marbury
2. AFC East Champs
1. Weber the Great

my top 5,

Jersey Mike is an azzzzzzzzz. He also likes to get his salad tossed.

my top five


my top 3
mr buglito
nj phin fan

Ok Guys, so we all agree NO TO PLIXICO( OPPS I SHOT MYSELF) Burress...RIGHT?

Do you know who Shimabuco was?

don't care

notice, carlito is not talking to ace as fast any .they got caught,they posted 8 posts in 8 minutes a world record unless you are the same sick person talking to yourself.
Peace out

Alrighty Then, lets talk about chicks...ok mila kunas or Rose McGowan ??

notice, carlito is not talking to ace as fast any .they got caught,they posted 8 posts in 8 minutes a world record unless you are the same sick person talking to yourself.
Peace out

ace got mad cuban, why 2 crazy people here they hate your guts,when you never attack any one ?

Notice That Me and gopats posted at the same time? we are not the same posters..

It is very easy to post at the same time. Someone proved this a week ago. I think it was Carlito, I may be wrong. C is gopats, that is great.

Dont Get it either C, dont really care, what is your take on Plexico(44 Magnum) Burress Any way.?

You ahve been had Cuban, give it a rest. You too gopats.

Crazy people Cuban, give Plaxico a chance he never kill anybody

f...k you ace aka shimabuca

shut the hell ,jacksin

armando could be playing with every one

Plaxico,could be good to mentor ted ginn and jason

does carlito has a sister ?

jaxksin,are you there ?

Console? What console? I thought the girl was sitting on Starks' lap.

ace tried to save his ace last night to no avail

I bet it looks good from up there!!

F-Troop doesnt fit. More like Barney Fife.

Lemmee get this straight, Burris had a cocked glock in his pants pointing at his penis?

Guys, does this sound like a smart thing to any of you?

My perspective is a little different because I'm a 'Phins and Giants fan. Plax is a major pain in the culo, no question. But without that stupid gun adventure at the LQ (why?) the Giants repeat. If the 'Phins could get him on the cheap, I'd advise them to do it. The Giants gave him a lot of chances, and for some stuff that hasn't been reported. But he's worth the risk.

Hey Kapp - Barney would be perfect except he always kept his bullet in his pocket. Too bad Burress didn't do the same. At any rate what an amusing image, Armando. One of your best.

Hey I say we need to either sign Boldin or Burress! We really don't have a number 1 reciever.If Henne or White ever emerge either of these guys will give them a lift. Yes it is risky and expensive....but stay with me here..Randy Moss was a cry baby who didn't play hard because he was on a crappy team, and New England took a shot at him and boy did it pay off, now Buffalo took a chance with T.O!Fellas charcter issue or not our division is a whole lot tuffer.I like Bess/Camarillo & our Draft picks, but these guys are no where near being #1 recievers.I think Tuna is being a little picky, and his ego is getting in the way of bringing playmakers to Miami.Forget the clubs and night life, theres clubs and nightlife in every city.We need to be more explosive in our offense, and remember the wildcat is great, but you can't score with it on every team you play.Some teams will get ran through with our Wildcat, but some teams will say the Wildcat is just Trixs; and "Trixs are for kids"

How does one accidentally shoot himself with a Glock unless he has all the safeties off? Subsequently, how do you deny it happened? Aside from being an idiot he must have an idiot for an attorney. Chances are he will plea bargain and in NYC jocks and other notables get free drinks for being stupid. Wonder why the City is failing?

Thankfully we have professional sports to keep the sociopaths off of the streets.

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