This is strictly just an opinon piece, I didn't do any research on this topic at all. A lot of people have been pushing hard here at BGN for us to sign Plaxico Burress and others have pushed for fat Albert. Both have been Pro Bowlers and both have shown the ability to dominate an entire game by themselves which is rare in the NFL. Which player is the better fit for us? Well that's what this post/discussion is all about.
First let's start with Plaxico Burress. He has won a Superbowl. Actually, he caught the game winning touchdown in the clutch to knock off the undefeated Patriots. He is a one-on-one matchup nightmare and was probably the best fade route receiver in the game 2 years ago. He got sentenced to two years in prison basically for shooting himself in the leg with a gun he didn't have registered or didn't have a right to have in that club. He served more than his fair share of time in the big house because the powers that be wanted to "send a message/make an example" out of Plax. He has been out of football for more than 2 years. How slow and rusty will he actually be? Well, being a physical wideout and not a burner like DeSean, I don't think it is a big of a deal is it was to Michael Vick. Vick didn't have his speed back in 2009 but he still made in immediate impact scoring 2 TD's against Atlanta and our only playoff TD that year as well. With us already having a loaded receiving core, Plax won't have to be in marathon shape right away because he may only be in 20-25 plays a game from the start. I don't think he will hold back Riley Cooper's development. Imagine a redzone play inside the 5 where we have Cooper and and Plax opposite each other on the outside and Jackson and Maclin in the slot opposite of each other. You have both Plax and Coop on the fade and can do numerous routes with Mac and Jax down the middle. Defenses will either have to play againist the fade which would open the middle for quick slants and runs up the middle for shady or defenses just watch as our sky scrapper wideouts reach over some 5'10 corner for the touchdown. Finally our offense becomes complete with a red zone offense. I know it's not that simple, but we would certainly see an improvement in the part of the field that doomed us many times last year.
Okay, now onto Albert. In my opinion he is a locker room cancer where the only cure is to not have him in your locker room in the first place. 2 years ago, the Lolskins signed Big Al to a 20 year 10 billion dollar contract which they are expected to release in from the very minute the lockout is lifted. Before he went to the place where big time free agents go to die, Al was one of the most dominating forces in the league at Tennessee. The Titans ran the 4-3 and his D-line coach was Jim Washburn. Today, the Eagles run the 4-3 and Jim Washburn is their D-line coach. If your a glass half full kid of person(if the glass is filled a special kind of kool-aid) you probably think that Haynesworth will take less money but give more effort just for Washburn and at the same time to seek revenge on his arch-nemesis Mike Shannahan. Maybe that is partly true, but Haynesworth has always been a problem, even at Tennessee. Remember when he stepped on Andre Gurode's forehead? So far this offseason he has already grooped a waitress and had a traffic incident as well. If Albert Haynesworth was willing to sign a reasonable contract that is mostly incentive based, than maybe he would be worth thinking about. I don't he has that in him.
Andy Reid loves high character guys, Michael Vick was not the exception. He proved to the Eagles front office with the help of Tony Dungy that he has become a different person. Maybe Plaxico has become a less selfish person during his stay in prison. Michael Vick probably has a good idea if he has after his visit with Plax a couple weeks ago. I'm sure Vick has somehow secretly told the Eagles front office something about his visit. Albert Haynesworth has proven to still be a major headache with his actions this extended off-season.
My vote would go for Plaxico, though I don't know how serious we are about go after either player. You take away Coach Wash from the equation and Haynesworth makes no sense for us. Wide receiver is an easier postion to stock pile at and make it work than Defensive Tackle, especially for a team that passes it 70% of the time.