Bart Scott glad Plaxico Burress signed with Steelers

Plaxico Burress celebrates a touchdown during a game

Plaxico Burress celebrates a touchdown during a game against the New England Patriots. (Credit: AP, 2004)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It's about time Plaxico Burress found a home, said Bart Scott.

"Last year, with his play, he deserved to get another opportunity," Scott said of his former teammate and friend, who signed a deal Tuesday with the Steelers. Pittsburgh drafted him eighth overall in 2004.

"When he gets in the red zone, he's trouble," cornerback Antonio Cromartie added of his former teammate, who caught eight touchdown passes -- seven of which were within the 20 -- for the Jets last season.

Despite the Jets' glaring receiver needs, Rex Ryan maintained they wanted to get younger and faster. Scott said it's common for teams to question "what's the use of bringing in a guy that's old, that's maybe a one or two-year fix? I felt like it had to be a team that . . . thought that they could win this year. And there really weren't that many out there."

Scott, who called Pittsburgh a "great fit" for his friend, also believes the sizeable crop of talented free agents this offseason hurt Burress' chances. "If it would have been a typical year, I think he would've gotten picked up a lot earlier than that," Scott said. "But there were so many guys."

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