We are, as you know, without the minicamps and news conferences that would normally provide interview opportunities this time of year. But if you go to the right charity event, you may have a chance to stumble upon an NFL newsmaker. So it was that, two days after Plaxico Burress was released from prison amid swirling rumors of the Eagles' interest in him, Eagles coach Andy Reid fielded a question about Burress and the Eagles' interest in him.
Reid said ... pretty much exactly what you'd expect him to say:
"I haven't even looked at that. We're not there yet. There's nothing you can do. It's like any of the other free agents, there's nothing you can do there," Reid told reporters during an appearance at the Eagles' annual school playground build. "I really haven't gotten into him at all, so far. Howie [Roseman] and I will somewhere, will look at it. But that's not where we're at. There's nothing we can do with anybody, so that's how it is."
Look, there's nothing to see here, folks. It's impossible to believe that, with all of their downtime, the Eagles' front office and coaching staff honestly haven't discussed Burress. But there's also no way Reid's going to come out and say, "Yeah, we like him and we're going to pursue him." First of all, he's apparently not allowed to say that per the league's lockout rules. Second of all, Drew Rosenhaus, Burress' agent, would print that quote out and bring it to the first negotiating session. So Reid's words on Burress are effectively meaningless and only appear here because (a) we're scraping for content right now and (b) you were going to hear about them somewhere and I wanted it to be here. I don't want you guys cheating on me with some other NFC East blog. I couldn't take the pain.
The situation with Plax and the Eagles continues to be this: He makes a lot of sense for them in a limited, specific role. They should not try to outspend a team that's going to pay him No. 1 WR money, because he is not that anymore. And from Burress' standpoint, the Eagles make sense as a place where he knows (from the Michael Vick example) that the coaching staff will look out for him above and beyond what he can contribute on the field. Reid was right, later in the story, when he said building a new playground for kids was more important than anything he's going to say about Plaxico Burress right now.