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Steelers Should Probably Avoid Plaxico Burress, Despite What Ben Roethlisberger Says

John Harris at the Trib is none too excited about the possibility of a reunion between Plaxico Burress and the Steelers. We at SB Nation Pittsburgh have already made our opinions known, but it bears repeating: it's hard to imagine a scenario where it makes sense for the Steelers to sign Burress. He's been out of football for a couple years and is already in his mid-thirties, an age when wide receivers, even ones who play football regularly rather than sitting in jail cells, have usually faded. The Steelers also have plenty of receiving talent, including a No. 1 receiver in Mike Wallace, a good move-the-chains guy in Hines Ward, and two 2010 rookies in Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders who are coming off promising seasons.

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I would, however, like to add something to this:

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Even though he left the Steelers, Burress still has friends on the team. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who loved the idea of throwing to a big target and wanted management to re-sign Burress as a free agent following the 2005 season, seemed to welcome Burress' possible return at his football camp last week.

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Not that Harris is giving this point any particular credence, but I'm still a little sick of hearing about it. Who cares if Roethlisberger wants Burress back? Roethlisberger has been begging for a tall receiver for years, despite the facts that height is overrated for receivers and that Roethlisberger has had no trouble helping shorter guys like Wallace and Ward to one monster season after another. Roethlisberger's interest in Burress is completely predictable and has no bearing on whether Burress would be a good addition, which he probably wouldn't.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.