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Rex Ryan Explains Why Jets Won't Bring Back Plaxico Burress
Many Jets fans wanted the team to sign one of the big-name, veteran wide receivers who are free agents, but the team instead opted for little-known Jason Hill.
There has been a clamoring from fans for the team to sign Plaxico Burress, Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens since Santonio Holmes suffered a season-ending foot injury Sunday. Ryan was asked directly about why the team did not bring back Burress, who spent the 2011 season with the Jets.
"Plaxico, I have a great deal of respect for and obviously, he had eight touchdown catches last year," Ryan said. "There are some things he did really well for us. We're trying to look for guys maybe a little younger and [with] a little more speed. When you look at Hill, the guy we just signed, he has those attributes. That's what I think jumped out at us. We want to get faster as a football team. We think he's a guy who has some tools."
Ryan was asked if there were any behavior issues while Burress was here that would scare the team from bringing him back.
"I had a great relationship with Plaxico," Ryan said. "I think he's a tremendous person. I think, in our situation, we were looking to go a different way. When somebody brings in Plaxico Burress, they're going to get an excellent football player and a guy, like I said, I have a lot of respect for."
Source: New York Post
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