Jan.1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) is pushed out of bounds by Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith (24) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots don't need Plaxico Burress now

The New England Patriots, like the Dallas Cowboys, did their due diligence by working out wide receiver Plaxico Burress. The man who scored the most tragic touchdown in Pats historyis not expected to sign with the team, but Adam Schefter stated that he is on the team’s “emergency list” at receiver.

The Cowboys have done the same thing, and this just means that the Patriots will take a close look at signing Burress if one of their wideouts goes down with an injury. Signing Burress at this point wouldn’t have made much sense, because nobody knows how much he has left in the tank. He is a great red zone threat, but Jabar Gaffney is better than him at this stage and Dont’e Stallworth has looked good in camp. Burress is probably better than Deion Branch, but even that’s not a sure thing.

The Patriots took a look at Burress earlier in the offseason, and it always seemed like Bill Belichick and the organization were just taking a look at Burress to see if he could fit the team down the road. For as much of a diva as Burress has been off the field, he’s actually a very hard working player who can grasp different schemes and studies his playbook religiously.

If a wideout goes down, then expect the Patriots to give serious consideration to signing Burress. For now, he is an afterthought and isn’t better than either Stallworth or Gaffney. I mean, he would have been the team’s number four wideout if they had have signed him (either above Gaffney or Stallworth, take your pick).

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