Originally Posted by Woody'sGirl
Thought this was interesting, since there were some who wanted him here and he signed with the Giants.
It's a case of addition by subtraction. Pittsburgh's best move of the offseason was allowing Burress to depart. The Steelers made no effort to re-sign their first-round pick in 2000, a decision that had everything to do with their first-round pick last year, Roethlisberger, and what they feel is best for his development. Roethlisberger and Burress enjoyed a close relationship – too close if you ask the Steelers.
[View Full Quote]They viewed Burress as a negative influence. There was a reason why Burress saw his production increase when Roethlisberger stepped in for Tommy Maddox in Game 2, only the team didn't catch on until late in the year: Roethlisberger and Burress had devised plays for the QB's favorite receiver, though he almost never was the primary one, and would adjust his routes as they saw fit and not according to the playbook. While their little scheme wasn't exactly broken (they made the AFC Championship Game in spite of the unauthorized ad-libbing) the Steelers, however, were intent on fixing the situation after the season. It didn't help that Burress dropped a lot of balls.
Exit Burress, enter Cedrick Wilson, signed as a free agent. The former 49er, expected to start opposite Hines Ward, gives Pittsburgh's offense the downfield speed it lacked. Pittsburgh's next move: extending Ward, who is entering the last year of his contract. He's approaching 30, so the Steelers are mindful of overpaying him.
While I don't think Burress has reached the elite level Irvin attained, I wonder how most Cowboy fans would have reacted if Irvin was cut or not resigned due to his off the field problems. I think its common knowledge that Troy has always had Irvin's back. He was one of the feww players to show up in court when Irvin arrived in a mink coat and sunglasses. Troy has even stated he let Irvin baby sit his children.
I think sometimes chemistry can't entirely be put down in playbook.