LATROBE, Pa. -- One of the most talked-about players on the first day the Pittsburgh Steelers reported to training camp was someone who's not on the roster but was drafted 11 years ago.
Former Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress was mentioned a number of times Thursday. The consensus is that if Burress, who will meet with the Steelers on Friday, decides to return to Pittsburgh, the locker room would welcome him.
"I'm down with it," Pittsburgh No. 3 receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. "Anyone who wants to come in here and put their hand in the pot to help us win a championship, that's what it's about. Plaxico is still a good receiver and he can definitely help this receiving corps out."
Burress, 34, was recently released from prison and hasn't played since 2008. He had a decent first stint in Pittsburgh, but his career took off with the New York Giants, a team he won the Super Bowl with.
The question is whether there is enough money and playing time to go around in Pittsburgh. At best, Burress would be a No. 3 receiver with the Steelers behind Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. And the reported $5 million-per-year salary asking price doesn't seem like a number the salary-cap strapped Steelers would be willing to hit.
Still, Wallace, Pittsburgh's leading receiver last year, believes Burress could fit into the offense.
"He's a great receiver, and I love Plaxico and used to love watching him," Wallace said. "I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I'm excited about it. If he does come, we will welcome him with open arms."