Unfortunately for him, he's also going from lockdown to lockout. The NFL's work stoppage means that no team can offer him a contract at the moment, but according to his agent, if there's NFL football in 2011, Burress will be playing it.
Where? Several possibilities come to mind.
1. Philadelphia Eagles. A column in Monday's New York Daily News says that the Eagles will be "first in line" to give Burress a once-over. Receiver isn't a huge area of need for the Eagles, but they have proven to be pretty good at integrating once-imprisoned Pro Bowlers back into society.
2. New York Giants. Jay Glazer says that the Giants' front office would consider it. Some might question the wisdom of Burress stepping right back into the same situation where he got himself in trouble, but it would make some sense. A lot of Plaxico's Giant buddies are still on the roster, and he had good chemistry with quarterback Eli Manning. About New York City being a bad situation for him, well, there are going to be bars, guns and sweatpants wherever he winds up. He's either learned his lesson or he hasn't.
3. St. Louis Rams. No team has a greater need at receiver than the St. Louis Rams. Donnie Avery was the best receiver on their roster last year, and he spent the season injured, leaving Danny Amendola at the top of their depth chart. No disrespect to Danny Amendola, but he's not making anyone forget Torry Holt or Henry Ellard. Or Ricky Proehl, for that matter. Adam Schefter notes that Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who coached Burress with the Giants, is a fan.
4. New York Jets. The Jets were interested before Burress went away, but that was a long time ago. The Jets seem to be OK at the receiver position with Santonio Holmes, Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards (should they choose to bring him back). Rex Ryan doesn't mind taking a risk on a player, though, and I don't think he minds getting himself a few headlines, either.
5. Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were also mentioned in the New York Daily News column, and it seems like they've been tied to every potential big-name free-agent receiver that has existed over the past decade. Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason were a solid tandem for them last season, but Mason isn't going to be around forever.
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