Could Plaxico Burress be a fit with the Oakland Raiders? (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The Oakland Raiders lack a No. 1 wide receiver for quarterback Carson Palmer to target. Though not really still a No. 1 wide receiver, Plaxico Burress still a free agent. Could the Raiders and Burress be a match? Raiders head coach Dennis Allen did not rule out the possibility of the Raiders bringing Burress aboard this season.
"I'll say this," Allen told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Paul Gutierrez. "We're going to look at any options that are out there that we think can make us better. Whether or not we make any moves or not, that's to be determined. But we're not going to rule anything out."
It's not a glaring endorsement of the 34-year-old Burress, who caught 45 passes with the Jets last season for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. But Allen did not completely shut the door.
Gutierrez reported that Burress has "hinted" he would like to play for Oakland, but he has been hinting at his interest in a number of teams recently. Last weekend, he told a Philadelphia-area radio station that the Eagles were "high" on his list of potential destinations.
And earlier this offseason, Burress said he wanted to try out for the Miami Dolphins. Then in June, he said it would be a “great situation” if he ended up playing for the Carolina Panthers.
So far, though, there has been limited interest in signing Burress. When speaking with 97.5′s Joe Decamara last weekend, he couldn’t answer when asked why he is not already a member of the Eagles, since he said he wanted to be in Philadelphia and had talked with coach Andy Reid.
“I don’t make the decisions,” Burress said. “If I made the decisions on where I wanted to be right now, I would say the Eagles. But I don’t make the decisions in that organization. I expressed my interest and how bad I want to become a Philadelphia Eagle, but it hasn’t happened.”