Ex-New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has the possibility of being released from jail this coming June. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has said that Burress will return to the league after his release. If the Giants want to bring him back, quarterback Eli Manning would welcome the receiver.
Eli Manning threw a career-high 25 interceptions this season. In light of injuries to star wideouts Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks, it's not surprising that Manning would want Plaxico Burress back on his squad. He already knows the system, so the adjustment back to the team would be minimal. Eli also knows how Plaxico plays and where to throw a ball so he can catch it.
“If he proves that he's kind of changed his life and shows he's committed to the Giants … I think if that's what the Giants feel, I know what kind of player he can be. … To throw him into the mix would be a good thing,” Manning said.
Burress may be turning 34 this year, but at 6'5 and 232 pounds (pre-prison weight), he adds a dimension to the wide receiver position that the Giants have been lacking. Hakeem Nicks is just 6'0 and 215 pounds while Steve Smith measures at 5'11 and 195 pounds. Burress' size will make a big difference on offense for the Giants and give Manning a bigger target to throw to. He'll also be able to put the ball higher so Burress' long arms can stretch over just about any corner in the league. If you remember, it was Burress' acrobatic catch on his helmet in the 2007 Super Bowl that gave the Giants the win with less than a minute to play in the game. It's plays like that that the Giants are missing. Had the ball been thrown to any other receiver, it would have sailed over their heads.
Plaxico Burress is currently serving a two year sentence for weapons possession and reckless endangerment after shooting himself in the leg in a New York City nightclub in November 2008. He is eligible for release on June 6, 2011 and there are several teams interested in him. But before any teams sign him, they'll want to hear from Burress and know that he is changing his life and plans to remain focused. Giants General Manager, Jerry Reese, has already said that the Giants plan on investigating the possibility of bringing Plaxico back to the team. He also plans on contacting the receiver shortly after he is released from prison.
And who wouldn't want to see Plaxico Burress back with the Giants? If the guy is going to play in the NFL, I want him on my side. He's always been a strong wideout, beginning when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001. During the Giants run for the 2006-2007 Super Bowl, Burress caught a career-high 12 touchdowns, and had 1025 receiving yards. It's no wonder Eli Manning wants him back in blue. Steve Smith is a free agent this year and if the Giants don't give him the deal he wants, there's the possibility he will leave for a team that will. Plus, imagine what Big Blue will be capable of with Smith, Nicks, Burress and Mario Manningham at the receiver position. That's some serious depth of one or two of them gets hurt like Smith and Nicks did this season.