Profootballtalk.com wrote:CHIEFS FINALLY MAKING A RUN AT PLEX?
With their receiving corps decimated by injury and coach Dick Vermeil looking for one more shot at the Super Bowl before he rides off into the sunset again, there is renewed talk around the league that the Chiefs might try to swing a trade for Steelers receiver Plexico Burress.
Rumors of a possible trade circulated before the draft. But no talks ever materialized.
Burress's potential trade value plummeted in May and June after he boycotted two mandatory minicamps and stayed away from voluntary workouts. But after he reported for training camp in excellent shape and showed an appropriate degree of contrition for his actions, the Steelers welcomed the prodigal son back home.
And with the prospects of Burress bolting via free agency after the 2004 season, the Steelers now have to revisit the question of whether they should grab maximum value for the former first-rounder now.
One NFL insider believes that the Steelers won't be willing to give up Burress even though he'll be jockeying for salary cap dollars at the same time the team is trying to re-sign receiver Hines Ward and linebacker Kendrell Bell. Still, the source tells us that the Steelers probably would not turn up their noses at an offer of a first-round and second-round draft choice for Burress.
The real question is whether Vermeil (who might not be around in 2005) will be able to convince G.M. Carl Peterson to mortgage the future by dropping two high picks on a guy who's under contract for only one more season. From Vermeil's perspective, pilfering Plex from Pittsburgh should be a no-brainer.
Whether he's in Pennsylvania or Missouri, the thinking is that Burress will have a big year, thanks to the renewed focus on enforcing the illegal contact rule. With his size, speed, and strength, Burress can wreak havoc on an opposing defense if he has the ability to run free.
Profootballtalk.com prints a lot of speculation and rumor so take this with a grain of salt, but its interesting nonetheless.