All NFL training camps are open now, and Plaxico Burress isn't at any of them. He's at home, keeping himself in shape, and waiting for the phone to ring.
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.