This isn't the first time Plaxico Burress has been mentioned in the same breath as the Bears, a team in need of a No. 1 wide receiver, something Burress hasn't been since since 2008, before he went to prison for nearly two years on a firearms charge.
On Tuesday, Burress appeared on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000 and said the Bears are on his list of the top three teams he'd like to play for in 2011. "Oh without question, without a doubt," Burress said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "My decision making is going to come down to what I said, playing with an elite quarterback, playing with a running game, playing with a great tight end, and Greg Olsen is already that guy. In my estimation, he'll be a Pro Bowler this season."
But the Chicago Sun-Times' Neil Hayes points out what we've mentioned previously: "…While he may be the type of receiver that quarterback Jay Cutler would love to throw in a sandlot game, he likely doesn't fit the requirements of (offensive coordinator Mike) Martz's precision scheme."
And this applies to Chad Ochocinco, too, another wide receiver who could be playing on a new team this season.
Martz said last month that he's planning to make better use of Earl Bennett in 2011, but he's neither a legitimate No. 1 receiver or particularly tall (6-0).
Whatever happens, the Tribune's David Haugh warns the Bears to stay away from Burress, who has never been known for his precision route-running, and throws in Terrell Owens' name for good measure.