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Burress 'not worth talking about' until issues resolved



The Bucs still are interested in receiver Plaxico Burress, but until his legal and league matters are resolved, coach Raheem Morris said it's not worth discussing.

"Like I said the first we mentioned him, he's a great player,'' Morris said. "Any time you get a chance to add a great player to your team, you definitely have got to have some sort of interest. Again, we're talking about a ghost. Right now, we don't know what's going on with his legal problems, we don't know what's going on with the suspensions in the league. Until we get all that stuff resolved, it's not even worth talking about in my opinion.''

Morris said Burress has been in contact with Bucs running back and former Giants teammate Derrick Ward and has expressed an interest in playing for Tampa Bay.

Burress' case on a felony gun charge was suspended until Sept. 23, and even though agent Drew Rosenhaus is optimistic his client will be signed with a team before the start of training camp, the Bucs seem to be proceeding with caution.

On Tuesday, appearing on ESPN's NFL Live, former Giants quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, labeled Burress a 'disaster,' as a teammate.

"When you're looking at Plaxico Burress, there's no doubt that he can be a dominant receiver at times on Sundays,'' Hasselbeck said. "We've seen it. But with that being said, I've played with the guy. I was in the locker room with him for two years. He's a disaster as a teammate. He's a disaster as a guy that you have to coach.''

But the Bucs appear committed to finding another veteran receiver. On Tuesday, the Bucs worked out receivers Drew Bennett and D.J. Hackett. But no signing is imminent, according to Morris.

Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall has asked to be traded, but Morris said he could not comment about a player under contract with another team.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:34pm]


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