Jets sign Burress to 1-year deal


Jets sign Burress to 1-year deal

By Phil Perry

Plaxico Burress is back in New York, but not with the Giants.

The Jets announced on Sunday morning that they had signed Burress to a 1-year, 3.017 million deal. The money is fully guaranteed, according to ESPN.

Burress has been out of football since 2009, when his season came to a screeching halt after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub. After that incident he was arrested on gun charges and served a 20-month prison sentence.

Patriots fans remember Burress for when he helped the Giants beat New England in Super Bowl XLII. He caught the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Giants beat the Pats, 17-14, ruining New England's run at a perfect season.

The 6-foot-5 Burress gives the Jets a tall target and an effective red zone weapon to play alongside newly re-signed receiver Santonio Holmes.

The Jets decided not to re-sign receiver Braylon Edwards and had shown interest in picking up Randy Moss or Malcolm Floyd. But in the end, their choice was Burress.

And the Jets may not be done delving into the free agent market. It's been reported that former Ravens tight end Todd Heap visited the Jets on Saturday and was personally picked up at the airport by Rex Ryan.

Study ranks Patriots fan base as second-best in NFL

Study ranks Patriots fan base as second-best in NFL

A scholarly blog from Emory ranks the Patriots as having the second-best fan base in the NFL. 

Compiled by professor Mike Lewis and favoring in numerous statistical data, the list ranks the Patriots first in terms of “social equity,” third in “fan equity” and fifth in “road equity.” The Cowboys hold the top overall spot. 

The following graphic is from Lewis' report. 

Lewis allows for the possibility that many of New England’s fans may be bandwagon fans, but that the league’s Deflategate scandal boosted engagement from Patriots dans on social media. 

Click here for the full report.