Occasionally, the folks at the internet gambling site Bodog send out odds relating to various NFL news stories and things of that nature. I gave some of those prior to the NFL Draft, such as whether the Vikings would spend their pick on offense or defense and things of that nature.
Well, naturally with Plaxico Burress getting out of
Joliet Shawshank Rikers prison today, Bodog sent out the odds on who Burress' next team would be. I was surprised to see the Vikings significantly higher than I expected on that list.
Bodog's odds-on favorites to sign Burress is the Philadelphia Eagles, getting 3/2 odds. This doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, as they already have a pretty solid receiving corps, and aren't too far away from having to back a Brinks truck full of money up to DeSean Jackson's house. The New York Jets are next on their list at 3/1, and they make a bit more sense, considering that both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes could both be free agents once things resume, depending on what rules we're going by.
The next team on their list, and the team that I think makes the most sense, is getting 11/2 odds from Bodog, and that's the St. Louis Rams. Burress has a prior relationship with Rams' coach Steve Spagnuolo from their time together in New York, and the Rams are starving for wide receiver help.
And then, right next to the Washington Redskins at 15/2 odds, are your Minnesota Vikings. Now, don't get me wrong. . .I don't think Burress is a character risk or anything like that. He's a knucklehead, sure. . .I mean, after all, dude shot himself, not anybody else. I know that we could also, potentially, be losing Sidney Rice to free agency, again depending on what rules of free agency we're playing by. Burress might be a nice addition as a #2 or even a #3 wide receiver, but I would hope that we wouldn't be counting on a guy that's 34 years old and hasn't seen a football field in two years to immediately step in and replace Sidney Rice in the Minnesota offense.
That said. . .if the Vikings had an interest in Plaxico Burress, would that make you happy? Would you want to see him in Minnesota?