Plaxico Burress will work out for the Steelers on Tuesday with the chance they could sign him, possibly to replace injured veteran Jerricho Cotchery.
Cotchery, in his second season with the Steelers, came out of Sunday night’s game with – what else? – a rib injury. Coach Mike Tomlin said after the game the injury would be evaluated, and that exam likely led them to bring in Burress, their former No. 1 draft pick who has been out of a job since the end of last season.
Coincidentally, Cotchery wound up signing with the Steelers in 2011 in large part because of Burress. After he was released from jail, Burress was looking to rejoin the NFL as training camps opened in 2011. He visited the Steelers but wound up accepting a contract with the New York Jets for much more money.
After the Jets signed Burress, their own veteran, Cotchery, asked to be released from his contract because of what he saw would be an impending demotion. The Jets complied and he signed a one-year deal with the Steelers during 2011 training camp. He re-signed with them this year.
Burress, the Steelers’ No. 1 draft pick in 2000, played five seasons for them and then signed with the New York Giants as a free agent.
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