Plaxico Burress, the free-agent receiver in search of a team, will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played the first five years of his NFL career.
He will take a physical and, if he passes, likely will sign with the team that is hurting for receivers.
The 6-foot-5 Burress would significantly bolster an injury-plagued receiving corps in Pittsburgh (6-4, second in the AFC North). Starting wideout Antonio Brown has missed the past two games due to a sprained ankle, and Jerricho Cotchery also was injured late in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Burress expressed an interest in playing with Philadelphia and Michael Vick and Cam Newton in Carolina, but neither team even gave him a tryout.
Burress played last season with the New York Jets after spending nearly two years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.
Despite missing the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Burress was productive with the Jets, hauling in 45 receptions and eight touchdowns. But the 35-year-old has remained unsigned throughout this season despite reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams
The eighth overall selection in the 2000 NFL draft, Burress spent his first five seasons with the Steelers before signing as a free agent with the New York Giants in 2005.