January 23, 2005 was the last time that Plaxico Burress suited up for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a 27-41 loss in the AFC Conference Championship game against the New England Patriots, and Burress had three receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown. Following that game Burress eventually signed with the New York Giants, wound up in jail for two years, and played all of 2011 as a member of the New York Jets. Since his contract with the Jets expired, several teams looked at him, including the Patriots, but no one was willing to take a chance on him until now.
After losing to the Ravens on Sunday night with Antonio Brown missing his second straight game, and possibly losing Jerricho Cotchery to an ankle injury, the Steelers remaining receivers consisted of a bunch of unknowns, which is not a good problem to have when Charlie Batch is expected to start on Sunday against the Browns. With all that being said, the Steelers brought in Plaxico Burress for a workout, and impressed Mike Tomlin enough to earn a contract for the remainder of the season.
Burress will likely be given an abbreviated playbook with limited routes, but he will be expected to make an impact on Sunday when the Steelers travel to Cleveland. Let’s hope that Burress still has some gas left in the tank to last until Antonio Brown returns to the field.