Plax and the Law

Nobody like ESPN less than I do.  Nobody.  But credit goes where credit is due and Sal Paolantonio is the finest journalist they have on-staff.  (I think his How Football Explains America is the most informative and entertaining book written on the sport since George Plimpton's Paper Lion.)  SalPal refrains from the network's trademark controversy-mongering while showing a deft ability to capture the spirit of two of the nation's more passionate sports regions: New York and Philadelphia.

SalPal breaks down Plax's legal situation on their site and it's the clearest assessment I've read.  Here's the essential information: Plax is going to try and get a trial postponement until after the 2009 season and hope - in the meantime - that Roger Goodell does not impose a league suspension until after the case is decided.  It seems there will be something of a resolution by the 15th, when the case is heard by a Manhattan judge.  Plax is not a repeat offender of the conduct policy so I can't imagine Goodell hammering him with an eight-game suspension if he's not convicted prior to the season.

The Bears, Jets and Bucs are believed to be interested in his services and...(wiping tears from my eyes)...I would think our stability at the quarterback position would make us the most desirable destination.  Chicago is no longer where receivers go to die, but instead where receivers go to catch Jay Cutler missiles.  With the cap room and roster need, the Bears should be embarrassed if the giraffe makes someone else a contender. 

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  • Heard Mortenson on ESPN Radio this morning and he said if he had to break it down, the Bears would be the leaders in landing Plax, but he said money will be the deciding factor for Plax.

  • I would think going to the shooting range with Olin would be the deciding factor.

  • Yes I suppose he does look like a giraffe.

    If somehow the Bears can land Burriss, it would make this hands down the most productive offseason in Bears history.

  • OK. Here's your choice. And remember, death is not an option:

    Going shooting with Plax or Dick Cheney?

    Hmm. Maybe death IS an option in this case.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It's the ONLY option.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Both Cheney and Plax aim for the legs.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    ghost, cheney didnt shoot in the leg he shot the guy in the face. nobody whould have cared except it wasnt lawyer season yet.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Back to the topic at hand...Burress would be a hell of a pick up for the Bears. I already know of one NFC North corner that he owns.

    Is Plaxico in any way related to Henry Burris, the junior senator from Illinois? If so, this move would make total sense.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    It's up to Goodell. If Plax can play, we'll get him. Money isn't an issue if JA was going to pay Boldin...

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    check out the second OTA's
    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/multimediapopup.asp?mm_file_id=1505&play_clip=Y&rn=13

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    God, I already love seeing Cutler throw on the run.

    Windy City Packer Fan: I'm calling DCFS right now.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Hanie looked good too, but they showed no defensive plays. Before now I respected Plax for ability, but shooting yourself to stupid! But, he had no issues that any #1 besides Fitz has! With Matt Jones you would have to put clown face paint on to cover up his white nose. But, then again Micheal Irvin was a beast and liked the powder. I think we should get the guy who needs gun safety classes instead on the coke head.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Kelly Campbell nearly squandered his NFL career due to a series of indiscretions that included arrests on gun and drug charges.

    With past charges of possession of marijuana and Ecstasy charges dismissed and a separate possession of marijuana charge and a possession of a stolen handgun disposed of through a plea bargain over the past few years, Campbell is determined to avoid any more trouble.

    Campbell knows his career depends on it, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I know the perfect scenario. Judge postpones trial until March '10, we get Plax, he has to be on perfect behavior for Goodell and the law.. when trial comes around because of his good behavior, he is granted leniancy and recieves probation/house arrest; then he has to maintain that good behavior for at least another year. In the end we get a top tier wide receiver on a short leash without giving up any draft picks. Yah I'm good with that.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Amen, pal.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    To clarify, I'm not tired that we're talking about Plax. I'm just tired for the Bears not doing much of anything to improve the recieving corps after we got a top-tier Quarterback. All those nay-saying idiots in Wisconsin and Minnesota are right...who's he going to throw to? Hester, yeah. Olsen, yeah. Clark, yeah. Who else? Earl Bennett? Brandon Rideau? Juaquin Inglesias?

    Al Harris?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Forget all of this, 'What if? stuff'. The bottom line of this season is clear: This team is has better personnel than last year. More talent, more youth, more upside. This is the team that we have been waiting for. Cutler, Forte, Olsen, Hester, Bennett, Iglasius. No one noticed, but we just went through the best and quietest rebuilding year in the NFL. We just happen to still be contenders. Nothing but upside yall!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I know he's got the skills, the size and the gamer attitude we love in Chicago, but for the life of me I can't get on board with Plax as a Bear. Call me old school, or an outright idiot, but I don't want to need a guy like that to win. His me-centric philosophy on life and the impression that he's responsible for none of his actions just negates for me all the good he could do for us on the field. I'd rather take on a Matt Jones that has something to prove, and a more humble and team-first approach to the game than Plax. Limit your retorts to body blows, no head shots please.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    GOH, then why did he shoot the one guy in....oh wait.

    Jeff, IF we get Plex, can we maybe start a fundraiser to buy him some jeans or maybe a belt? Why was he wearing sweatpants to a damn club anyway? Maybe I'm just getting old, but back in my day, you wore a nice pair of slacks when you went to the gin-joint.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Howdy ladies and gentlemen...just stopping in to check out the new website....nice digs. When does training camp open again? Although I know for the Vikings fans this is their time of the year....they always win the Superbowl in May/June.

    My son put on his Packer jersey this morning, and insisted that I put on mine before we headed out the door to run our errands in the western suburbs. While many of you may have been turned off by the words 'Packer jersey,' you gotta have some respect for a 4 year old that wants to wear a Packer jersey in the heart of Bears country!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think it's about time to change the kid's name to Sue then Windy City.......toughen him up so the beatings at school don't hurt so much. I seriously respect that, though, because I love being the one guy rooting for the road team in the bar. Hell, I'm die-hard Bear in freakin' Dallas, you should see the nonsense I deal with during the season down here.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    I know EXACTLY what you are saying. He's started saying 'I'm a Packer fan,' all the time now. While I am proud, I need to explain to him that it is something he can only say in certain situations. Good luck with those Cowgirl fans. Although I would like to have a tour through that new stadium...it sounds pretty cool.

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