With training camps open and the off-season officially over, Plaxico Burress is still unsigned. If you ask Burress, he is baffled over why he still has yet to sign to a new team.
Burress told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he expected to have contract offers as soon as free agency started, and he assumed that in late July he’d be in camp with some NFL team.
“No doubt about it,” Burress said. “With some of the things I was able to do after being away for two years, I pretty much thought it spoke for itself. But I guess obviously not.”
Burress caught 45 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and he said he’s in much better shape now than he was a year ago. Yet, no team has come calling for Burress’ services.
Some think that may be because teams see Burress as more trouble than he is worth in the locker room. Burress says the perception that he is not a good teammate is false.
“For anybody to say I was a problem in the locker room or anything like that is totally a lie,” Burress said. “All I did was come out, was a great teammate, tried to play the best football that I could play.”
Age is surely a factor in teams turning away from Burress. He’ll turn 35 in two weeks and isn’t as fast as he was when he was younger.
Burress says he doesn’t know why he’s not getting a chance.
“Some things you don’t have an answer to, but to me it’s just a matter of keep working hard, keep training, and keep building myself up to get back to the player I know I can be,” Burress said.