Tall, well-built receiver with a long stride that allows him to glide past defenders. Can out-jump and out-muscle cornerbacks for deep balls and can make acrobatic catches. Uses his size and experience well on shorter routes. Has improved as a route runner.
Has bad legs and always seems to play hurt. Can still go into a funk and disappear from the game in a hurry. Not the deep threat he once was. Has struggled with off-field troubles.
Star wideout (when focused).
Career Honors & Awards
2007 (XLII - New York Giants)
Movements & Injuries
Declared free agent.
Torn right rotator cuff, injured reserve.
Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers to a one-year contract.
Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers to a one-year contract.
Signed as a free agent by the New York Jets to a one-year contract.
Suspended by the NFL until completion of his jail term.
Released by the New York Giants.
Suspended by the New York Giants for four games.
Unknown, injured reserve.
Suspended by the New York Giants for one game.
Signed by the New York Giants to a five-year contract extension.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Giants to a six-year contract.
Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Signed as a free agent by the New York Jets.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Giants.
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round (8th overall) in 2000.
Plaxico Burress still rehabbing his shoulder | 03/03/2014 8:47 AM
Free agent WR Plaxico Burress is still rehabbing his shoulder.
Burress tore his rotator cuff during training camp last August and was hit with a 7-8 month rehab timetable. But he's just started working on range of motion right now and his goal is to get medically cleared in time for training camp. Even if Plax does get healthy, we'd be surprised if he stuck on a roster this season. He's entering his age-38 season.
Plaxico Burress hopes to play in 2014 | 02/25/2014 6:21 PM
Free agent Plaxico Burress hopes to continue his playing career.
Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter
Burress is back in the news after Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun charges. Going on 37, Burress missed all of 2013 with a torn rotator cuff. Burress has made only four appearances since he appeared in all 16 games for the Jets in 2011. He's almost certainly played his final down.
Steelers officially place Burress o | 08/13/2013 3:04 PM
Steelers placed WR Plaxico Burress on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff, ending his season.
Mark Kaboly on Twitter
Burress (shoulder) has surgery, done for year | 08/12/2013 7:56 PM
Plaxico Burress underwent surgery for his torn rotator cuff Monday and is done for the season.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
Burress suffered the injury in Thursday's practice, and he'll be placed on season-ending injured reserve shortly. The 36-year-old's career may be over.
Plax going under the knife on Monday | 08/09/2013 12:35 PM
Plaxico Burress (torn rotator cuff) will undergo surgery on Monday.
Steelers on Twitter
It's expected to be season-ending surgery. Even if it's not, it should end 36-year-old wideout's time with the Steelers. He was only slated for a bit role this season.
Plax tears rotator cuff, likely done for year | 08/08/2013 11:40 PM
Plaxico Burress suffered a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder during Thursday's camp practice, and is likely done for the year.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
Because Burress is 36 years old now, it's a career-threatening injury. Plax had been running behind Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Markus Wheaton, and Jerricho Cotchery in Steelers camp. He finished 2012 with three catches for 42 yards and one touchdown in three appearances. Outside of red-zone packages, Burress was not slated for a large role in Pittsburgh's 2013 offense.
Burress thinks he can 'dominate' in red zone | 06/09/2013 12:07 PM
Plaxico Burress feels he can still "dominate" in the red zone.
"I know I can still play, I know I can dominate in the red zone," Burress, 35, said. "In those one-on-one opportunities, just succeed at a high rate. I know I can." Burress might be a factor near the goal line, but he's not expected to play a major offensive role between the 20s as the No. 4 or 5 receiver.
Burress re-ups with the Steelers | 03/13/2013 6:19 PM
Steelers re-signed Plaxico Burress.
Adam Caplan on Twitter
Presumably, it's a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. Burress, 36 in August, caught three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in four games with the Steelers last season. If he makes the team, he'll be no more than the fourth or fifth receiver.
Steelers planning to re-sign Plaxico Burress | 03/12/2013 1:40 PM
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers are planning to re-sign free agent Plaxico Burress "in the coming days."
Per La Canfora, it'll be a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum. Plax still has a big name, but his game has been far less notable since an 18-month prison sentence on weapons charges in New York kept him out of football for all of 2009 and 2010. Burress appeared in four games in Pittsburgh last year, catching three balls and scoring once. He'll turn 36 before the upcoming season.