Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Giants considering move to reunite with Burress

Two seasons removed from an accidental shooting at a New York City nightclub that left him wounded and eventually in prison on unlawful weapons charges, Plaxico Burress reportedly could end up finding his way back to the team that washed their hands clean of him.

According to Steve Serby of the New York Post, the Giants are mulling over the possibility of bringing Burress back to the team when he’s released from jail in June, and there is a significant amount of backing for such a move within the highest levels of the organization. Both of the team’s owners, Steve Tisch and John Mara, believe very strongly that Burress deserves a second chance with the club, and that support is beginning to trickle down to the field as well, with multiple players stepping up to voice their support for a reunification.

“I know that he’s paid his debt to society, and I think he’s overpaid his debt to society. Yeah, I would love to see him back. We’ve all seen how the Mike Vick situation has played out. And we all know that Plaxico is one of the most talented wide receivers to ever play this game.”
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck - (share this quote)

Obviously there are still hurdles to overcome for such a move to ever come to fruition, most notably a potential suspension being handed down to Burress by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell prior to the start of the season. There will also be some negative backlash outside of New York at first, but after watching the Eagles handle an even worse situation with Michael Vick over the past two seasons, the Giants should have little difficulty with that aspect.

Given all of the circumstances surrounding the situation, rejoining a team that clearly has a developed relationship with Burress already in place makes the most sense, and depending on the status of his physical abilities, Burress should be able to step back onto the field to pick up where he left off as the Giants primary red zone threat.

Author: Chris Kolb

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