During an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Burress was asked about the possibility of signing with the Eagles once free agency starts.
“Hey man, nothing else would make me happier,” he said, praising an offense that ranked fourth in the NFL in 2011 (399.1 ypg) and already boasts QB Michael Vick, RB LeSean McCoy and WRs Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson (assuming Jackson is retained).
Burress said he’d offer a “unique dynamic to what’s already in place” before noting: “I always say you can neutralize speed, but you can’t neutralize size. I mean, you can back off a guy who runs a 4.2 or 4.3 and keep him in front of you. But when you get down inside the 20 (yard line), 15, inside the red zone, you’re talking about a guy like me out there on the edge, I mean there’s only so many things you can do.”
After serving nearly two years in prison on a handgun charge, Burress was back in the NFL last season for the first time since 2008.
Playing on a one-year deal with the Jets, the 6-5, 232-pounder finished with 45 catches for 612 yards and eight TDs. He beat Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha for a spectacular 9-yard TD grab in the Jets’ 45-19 loss at Philadelphia in Week 15.
Vick reached out to Burress while he was incarcerated, and the natives of Southeastern Virginia have become close friends. Those ties nearly led Burress to sign with Philadelphia last year.
“For us to get together and be able to play together on a professional football team — especially coming from where we come from, and obviously going through the things we’ve gone through — I just think it would be a special deal,” said Burress. “I really think he can bring a championship to Philadelphia, and I would love to be a part of that.”
Burress, 34, said he spent much of 2011 just getting his legs back under him.
“This next year, I think I’ll be a lot stronger and getting back to doing the things I know I can do, and getting back to a place where I can let myself show,” he said.
He expressed gratitude to the Jets for giving him an NFL lifeline and didn’t rule out re-signing with them.
“(HC) Rex (Ryan) and (GM) Mike Tannenbaum and (owner) Woody Johnson, I have nothing but the utmost respect for them. They brought me into a situation not knowing what they would get out of me and just really pushed me on an individual level to get back to where I know I can be,” said Burress.
“But I’m ready to go, man (for 2012 season). This second year, I’m going to start training here in a week or so. Being a free agent is an exciting time for me, being in a place I want to be, and Philadelphia is obviously one of those places.”