New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at the annual league meetings that he expects his imprisoned former wide receiver, Plaxico Burress, to return to the NFL some day. But Coughlin indicated that Burress is more likely to play against the Giants than with them.
“You never say never, but that part [re-signing him] hasn’t been discussed,” Coughlin said, per the New York Post. “I would expect that he would get a chance [with another team]. I mean, you’re talking about a rare talent.”
Coughlin said he was saddened by Burress’ imprisonment and that he has talked about visiting Burress at the Oneida Correctional Facility. Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan and former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan have both visited Burress recently.
“I’m hoping that he has an opportunity to come home quickly,” Coughlin said. “I hope he’s paid his dues, because he does have a young boy and a young daughter, and he’s needed.
“I just think that’s a real sad event that took place. That’s not to say it’s undeserved. I hope he comes out a better person and has the ability to look at these things in terms and see all that you have to see as far as making the right decisions and right choices.”
Burress, who accidentally shot himself in a New York nightclub, was sentenced to two years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm. He is expected to be released in the spring of 2011.