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Plaxico Burress Agrees To Deal With Jets

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress has agreed to a contract with the New York Jets, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The one-year deal is worth $3 million and is totally guaranteed, sources said.

Burress, who will turn 34 in August, was released from prison in June after spending nearly two years in jail on a weapon possession charge.

The 33-year-old former New York Giants andPittsburgh Steelers receiver met with both teams and reportedly with the San Francisco 49ers before deciding to join the Jets.

Burress caught the winning touchdown in the 2008 Super Bowl as the Giants stunned the Patriots, dealing New England its only loss that season. Nine months later, his unlicensed handgun accidentally went off in a Manhattan nightclub, striking his thigh. The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived. His license to carry a concealed weapon in Florida had expired in May 2008.

Burress is on parole for two years. He has to get and keep a job, undergo substance abuse testing, obey any curfew established by his Florida parole officer, support his family and undergo any anger counseling or other conditions required by his parole officer.

Selected eighth overall in the 2000 draft, he has 505 receptions for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns in nine seasons.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Eagles Sign Nnamdi Asomugha

I am reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have officially signed superstar cornerback and high-profile free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.

The story was first reported by Adam Schefter on Twitter.

Free agents were able to officially sign contracts Friday evening at 6:00 P.M. and now, Asomugha has signed with Philadelphia.

The Eagles finished a surprising 11-5 last year and are looking to improve upon their record.

It is expected that Philadelphia will now have three star cornerbacks in Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel

During the last few minutes of the “Nnamdi Asomugha Sweepstakes”, heavy favorites, the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, took themselves out of the running.

Terms of the deal are that it is for 5 years and $60 million with $25 million guaranteed.

The Eagles recently traded for Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade.

Nnamdi Asomugha is considered the best cornerback in the NFL by some and will now take his talents to the NFC East.

The addition of Asomugha will certainly upgrade the Eagles defensive back corps.

From the Bleacher Report

Santonio Holmes Agrees to Deal with the Jets

The New York Jets addressed the No. 1 item on their free-agent list, coming to terms Wednesday morning with wide receiver Santonio Holmes, according to a league source.

The deal is for five years and $50 million, with $24 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. It’s one of the biggest guarantees ever given to a wide receiver. The Cardinals gave Larry Fitzgerald a $30 million guarantee.

In accordance with the rules of the recent labor agreement, Holmes isn’t permitted to sign the contract until Friday.

Holmes’ deal is so big that it probably means the Jets can’t afford to re-sign Braylon Edwards, another high-profile free agent. Edwards is coming off a strong season, but the Jets prioritized Holmes because of his speed and game-changing ability.

“It was such a luxury to have both of them last year,” quarterback Mark Sanchez said Tuesday. “It’s almost unrealistic to have that kind of a receiving corps again.”

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis lauded Holmes’ signing.

“The guy, to me, is unbelievable as a receiver in terms of his smartness and his route running,” he said. “He’s a tough sucker and he’s a leader. He gave a couple of speeches in our locker room this past year that shows his passion. Him and (Sanchez’s) chemistry is great.”

On Twitter, Holmes thanked other players who congratulated him on the deal. He also retweeted a post by fellow Jets free agent Antonio Cromartie, who said: “Congrats to (at)santonio10 on his new deal…that’s what I’m talking abt. Good friend and excellent teammate.”

Holmes later tweeted a photo of himself drinking from a champagne bottle, and said: “Just finish a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal from 2002! Big bro showed love today.”

Upon hearing the news, Edwards posted a message on his Twitter account: “Congrats to Santonio. A great player and great friend.”

Edwards has said he’d like to stay with the Jets.

“I would love to be a Jet but the feeling doesn’t seem to be mutual with the management,” Edwards tweeted Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Edwards was in court in Cleveland on Wednesday. A judge spared him jail time, but extended his Ohio probation by one year for violating terms by driving drunk in New York City.

“All of my court days r behind me, thk God and I am ready to play Football,” he wrote on Twitter.

If Edwards leaves, as expected, the Jets likely will look for a cheaper alternative to plug into the starting lineup, which means the Randy Moss speculation will heat up. Despite his baggage, and an awful 2010, Moss is expected to draw interest from the Jets.

They also could check in on former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress.

The Jets’ receiving corps also includes veteran Jerricho Cotchery, who is coming off back surgery.Brad Smith, a free agent, has attracted interest from several teams.

The Jets acquired Holmes from the Steelers in April 2010 for the modest price of a fifth-round draft pick. After several off-field incidents, the Steelers had grown tired of his act and were willing to part with him before he entered the final year of his contract. He was only a year removed from his shining moment, a game-winning, circus catch in the final moments of Super Bowl XLIII, in which he was named the MVP.

After serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Holmes had an immediate impact on the Jets, making huge plays in the final minute of three consecutive games in November. Even though he played only 12 games, he finished with 52 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns.

This move isn’t without risk, however, as Holmes is one strike away from a one-year suspension by the league. The Jets may have insisted on language in the contract that allows them to recoup bonus money in the event he gets suspended again.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Plaxico Burress Free From Prison

After serving nearly two years in prison ex-Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was released from prison at 9 a.m. Monday morning.  In November of 2008, a handgun that was tucked in Burress’ sweatpants, slipped and fired a shot into his thigh as he tried to grab the gun in a New York City nightclub.  He began his sentence in September of 2009 and was released three months early for good behavior.  He is set to travel to his home in Florida with his wife and two children, who he was overjoyed to be reunited with.

Now that Burress is free he will be on parole for two years, he has to undergo substance abuse testing, obey the curfew and rules set by his parole officer including anger counseling, support his family, and get this he must get and maintain employment.  So speaking of employment what does the future hold for Burress?  Once the lockout is lifted he will become a free agent, and his agent Drew Rosenhaus believes he will be a highly coveted acquisition.  Burress kept in shape as well as he could in the facility running, jogging, lifting weights etc. and he has an undeniable talent but there’s still the fact that he hasn’t played football in nearly three years and he is turning 34 years old.  Despite the factors weighing against him there are still many teams likely to acquire Burress including the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles.  Burress says he is keeping his possibilities open to all 32 teams yes including the New York Giants.  Personally I would love to see him return, the Giants haven’t made it to the postseason since Burress caught the game-winning touchdown in the Superbowl against the New England Patriots during the 2007 season.  The reunion however looks unlikely but we’ll all have to wait and see what happens once the lockout saga is over.