The Philadelphia Eagles did not have the best first day in pads yesterday, losing both wide receiver Riley Cooper and Jason Babin to injuries. Cooper suffered a broken collarbone, while Babin sustained yet another injury to his calf. Both are expected to miss a decent amount of time.
But they say when one door closes, another one opens. In this case, could Cooper’s injury open the door for free agent WR Plaxico Burress possibly having his wish come true of signing with the Eagles?
Burress has said all along that he fully intends to play in 2012, and that the Eagles have always been high on his list. The former New York Jets receiver from last season had also stated his interest in working out for the Miami Dolphins, but the team opted to not have Burress come in to work out with them.
Of course, the Dolphins are absolutely loaded at the receiver spot, right? Why would they go after a guy who put up admirable numbers last year in his first season back after missing time due to a prison sentence?
Sorry. Off track. Back to the Eagles.
Burress has reportedly talked to a few other teams as of late, but he also recalls a conversation with Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. It is no secret as to where Burress would like to call home in 2012.
“I think everyone knows how I would feel about being a Philadelphia Eagle,” Burress told 97.5′s Joe Decamara on Saturday. “If that call comes, nothing more would make me happy. I don’t make the decisions,” Burress said. “If I made the decisions on where I wanted to be right now, I would say the Eagles. But I don’t make the decisions in that organization. I expressed my interest and how bad I want to become a Philadelphia Eagle, but it hasn’t happened.”
But that doesn’t mean that it will not happen. Especially with the latest injury to Cooper.
Anything can happen in the NFL, especially when injuries mount in training camp. It is a foregone conclusion that many players will start getting hurt and opening up opportunities for some big name free agents to still find a home, despite their age and other concerns.
But for Burress, it must be a surprise that he has been unable to latch on with a new team. While he is 34-years-old, Burress still caught 45 balls for 612 yards and 8 touchdowns in his first year back after serving almost two years in prison. And that was with Mark Sanchez throwing him passes with the Jets. While I am no proponent of fan at all of Michael Vick’s, even he would be a huge upgrade over Sanchez on the field.