On today's NFL Live, Tim Hasslebeck spoke about Plaxico Burress and had nothing positive to say about his addition to any team. The story began with coverage on Plaxico's "posse" being denied from entering a New York nightclub. They were turned away from entering because of the guns they brought to the club the night Plaxico shot himself. They then showed a clip of what Tim Hasslebeck spoke of regarding his own playing experience with Burress. He was a teammate with Plax for two years and went on to say what basically translates as being horrible for any locker room. I tried to find a video link for everyone to check it out but I couldn't find one. What I can recall off the top of my head was along the lines of: he was late for meetings, wouldn't run full speed at practice, and would actually leave the field during games if he wasn't getting the ball. I know there was more but that is all i can think of without actually watching it again.
This was all unsettling to hear because I've been a supporter of Plax during all of our conversations between whether to get him or not. I kept wanting to give the guy the benefit of the doubt and didn't think that a one-year deal would hurt to check him out but you never like to hear things like that. I know the guy would be a huge upgrade to our WR core and I would love his talent to be on the field but I really don't want his character to come with it if that is truly the person he is. Our team can win right now and I'm confident in that, we don't need to try and take that "extra step"in acquiring a big name WR this early into getting our franchise quarterback if it means hurting our locker room. I'm not going to completely turn on the guy right now because of what I've seen but he has definitely hurt his value to me. Besides, anyone who has a "posse" is kind of a douche anyway.