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Plaxico Burress, St. Louis Rams Have Zero Pillars In Common

All yesterday the internet was atwitter over a suggestion that the St. Louis Rams might be interested in free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who gets out of prison on June 6. Burress and the Rams have a number of things in common—they probably don't want to go to prison, and they'd both like their favorite wide receiver to have a great season in 2011, and neither is probably convinced that Tiki Barber can make a comeback at 37. But given Steve Spagnuolo and the Rams' constant harping on The Four Pillars—faith, character, core values, team first—signing a guy out of the California Penal League seems like an especially poor decision. 

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There's also the matter of his age and his recent experience. Burress has been in prison for two full years; he'll come into the 2011 season 34 years old, just a year younger than, say, Torry Holt, and three years younger than Tiki Barber. Burress was never quite a top-tier receiver at his best, struggling with dropped balls and a low catch rate; two years removed from his last season and on the wrong side of 30 he'd be a gamble even for a team whose coach's credibility isn't predicated on team-firstiness. 

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The Rams could use a veteran wide receiver, but Burress isn't it. 

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