By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 1:10 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Saw that CNN-SI’s Peter King speculated the Raiders would be in the running for incarcerated New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress and wasn’t surprised.
Linking the Raiders to a player with a troubled past is almost a knee-jerk reaction, even if Oakland has been out of the bad boy business for a few years now.
Maybe it had something to do with sinking with big names such as Randy Moss and DeAngelo Hall, but the Raiders, with both their draft picks and free agent signees, are looking for earnest workers who have a passion for the game.
Burress’ problem isn’t the gun charge that landed him in prison. It’s the fact that before that knuckleheaded transgression, Burress had a reputation for having a questionable work ethic and being late to meetings.
Maybe 20 months in the can has changed him, although there’s no way of knowing what it did to his skill as a receiver.
Hue Jackson has been insistent about liking his young receivers, and the Raiders seem destined to stick with the Louis Murphy-Darius Heyward-Bey-Jacoby Ford trio and cross their fingers that Chaz Schilens can remain healthy. Personally, I find Tennessee wideout Denarius Moore to be one of their more intriguing draftees.
Burress to Oakland only happens if A) He plays for something near the league minimum plus incentives; and B) he sells Jackson on the notion he’s a changed man and is worth a look.
Not impossible, but not the way to bet, either.