The only person calling, though, is ESPN's Adam Schefter, and he's saying things like, "Hey, why don't you have a job?"
And Burress really didn't have an answer for him. He assumed he'd have a job by now, and certainly, his numbers and his production would warrant a job offer of some kind. It hasn't happened, though, Plax is flummoxed. Via MDS at Pro Football Talk:
"With some of the things I was able to do after being away for two years, I pretty much thought it spoke for itself. But I guess obviously not." [...]
"Some things you don't have an answer to, but to me it's just a matter of keep working hard, keep training, and keep building myself up to get back to the player I know I can be."
Well, I hope the player you know you can be likes the idea of playing in the UFL. I guess it's still possible that some NFL team will run into injuries and/or red zone struggles and give Plax a call, but it gets less likely with each passing day. The more young guys get a chance to prove themselves in camp, the further Plaxico gets from a job.
Plaxico runs into the Hines Ward problem. Is Burress still good enough to contribute? Absolutely. Is he a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver? Absolutely not.
But when you get down to the No. 4 or No. 5 receivers on a roster, you want those guys to not only contribute, but have some developmental potential. You also need them to contribute on special teams. For everything that Plaxico can contribute — reliable hands, a sizable target and a red zone threat — "special teams" and "upside" aren't terms you'd associate with him.
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