As reported by AP, just days after being granted an adjournment to work out his legal problems, the Giants have apparently decided they can’t wait any longer for Plaxico Burress to work out a suitable arrangement with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office that doesn’t include jail time.
Today, the club announced they have released WR Plaxico Burress…
“I am an optimist, and I believe most situations can be worked out,” said General Manager Jerry Reese in a statement released by the team. “We hung in there as long as we could in hopes that there could be a resolution to this situation other than the decision we made today to release Plaxico. It wasn’t to be, so now we have to move on. Like everybody else here, we want nothing but the best for Plaxico, and we are appreciative of the contributions he made to this franchise.”
Burress, whose career has been on hold since last November 29 when he accidentally shot himself in a Manhattan nightclub, had his hearing postponed to June 15, the day before the Giants commence their veteran mini camp. Prior to that, the Giants had indicated that they would welcome the receiver back if he agreed to meet certain conditions, and in fact, it was reported earlier this week that Burress stopped by the Stadium to receive treatment on his back.
In his four years with the Giants Burress caught 344 passes, which places him 12th on the franchise’s career list, one catch ahead of Earnest Gray and three behind Aaron Thomas. Burress had 3,681 receiving yards and caught 33 touchdown passes for the Giants.
Plaxico faces certain jail time and is probably not gonna get too may phone calls any time soon from interested teams. On the flip side of the coin, it still leaves the Giants short a number one receiver, which I’m sure they will address in the draft.