Pittsburgh Steelers Sign Plaxico Burress

Steelers bring back Plaxico to bolster depleted receiving core

11/20/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Pittsburgh Steelers Sign Plaxico BurressESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress. The move was expected to be made since yesterday when the team brought Burress in for a workout, as it was understood that the team would only bring him to their facility if they were intent on signing him.

This move comes in the wake of a series of injuries to the Steelers' passing attack. First, wide receiver Antonio Brown went down with an ankle injury, then quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hurt his shoulder and ribs. The following game, receiver Jerricho Cotchery went down with a rib injury, and backup quarterback Byron Leftwich was diagnosed with multiple broken ribs.

Bringing in Burress will give the Steelers depth behind receivers Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders. Burress was also a solid red zone weapon when last in the league with the Jets. In 2011, Burress caught 45 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns playing for Gang Green. Though he may be a somewhat decent bet for a touchdown, there are plenty of better fantasy options on the waiver wire.

Burress was drafted in the first round by the Steelers back in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played in Pittsburgh for five years before leaving to join the New York Giants in free agency. He had what was arguably his best season as a pro while with the Steelers, catching 78 balls for 1325 yards and seven touchdowns in 2002.

The Steelers have also signed quarterback Brian Hoyer, former backup to Tom Brady, to backup Charlie Batch, who will be getting the start for the Steelers against the Browns this Sunday.
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