Profootballtalk.com wrote:BURRESS HAVING A SUDDEN CHANGE OF HEART?
Only one day after Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress all but slammed the door on a possible return to the 'Burgh in 2005, Burress' words and demeanor at Monday's season-ending team meeting suggested to some observers that he might now be inclined to stick around.
"I just don't feel like I'm involved," Burress said after Sunday evening's loss to the Patriots. "That's my personal feeling. That's the way I feel.
"It's Pittsburgh, which speaks for itself. They're not going to change. I'm not going to change. Three or four balls just doesn't suit me very well."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette indicated on Monday that the Steelers will try to re-sign Burress, their 2000 first-round pick. There always has been a difference of opinion regarding the tall but at times underachieving receiver within the front office, and there are now indications that some of the powers-that-be might opt to slap the franchise tag on Burress if they can't re-sign him before he hits the open market.
The strategy, of course, might be to use the franchise tag as a tool for getting value for Burress via trade. And the challenge for the Steelers will be to free enough cap room to enable them to tie up the one-year average salary of the five highest-paid receivers in the NFL.
In the end, the price tag that Burress will command might not be as much as he thinks. He missed several games this year with a hamstring problem, which held down his stats significantly. With plenty of other receivers available -- and with the renewed enforcement of the five-yard chuck rule enabling pass-catchers of lesser ilk to make big-time contributions -- there might not be anyone willing to give Burress an eight-figure signing bonus.
Still, given his comments from Sunday, it remains to be seen whether enough people in the team's front office decide that keeping Plax around is worth the trouble. As of right now, our guess is that several surely think he isn't.
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