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Questions abound regarding Giants visit with Plaxico

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The Transition Rules developed by the NFL and approved by the NFLPA say nothing about whether the negotiations with free agents may include visits, either to the team facility or elsewhere.  Some, such as agent David Canter, believe that no visits may be taken to teams until 6:00 p.m. ET, the start of the official signing period.

But that isn’t (for now) stopping the Giants from planning to meet with free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress.  We’ve confirmed the reports that Burress and the Giants intend to get together today, even though confirmation really wasn’t necessary since Burress told it directly to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News points out that some interpret the rules to mean that meetings may occur away from the team’s facility.  On Tuesday, for example, the Panthers took a large delegation to Miami to meet with defensive end Charles Johnson.  Though Johnson was a member of the Panthers in 2010, he can’t re-sign with the Panthers until 6:00 p.m. ET Friday, either.

We’re still awaiting official word from the league office on this point, which seems to be the first example of something that fell in the cracks during the hectic final days of the lockout.  We’ve got a feeling that the league will let the Giants meet with Burress, given that co-owner John Mara played such an instrumental role in getting the new labor deal done.

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14 Responses to “Questions abound regarding Giants visit with Plaxico”
  1. broncobeta says: Jul 27, 2011 7:55 AM

    These technicalities really shouldn’t matter since this year’s free agency has the lifespan of a fruit fly.

  2. MichaelEdits says: Jul 27, 2011 7:57 AM

    Don’t break the rules now, New York. It’d be a shame to shoot yourselves in the foot.

  3. whatsafairway says: Jul 27, 2011 7:57 AM

    Burress didn’t learn anything while incarcerated.

    He’s still shooting himself, this time in the foot.

  4. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 27, 2011 8:08 AM

    Plaxico said he did not want to rejoin the Giants but now is visiting them. Maybee a change of heart.

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 27, 2011 8:21 AM

    I’ve said for months that the only way I’d want Plax back is if Steve Smith is shelved for the majority, if not all, of 2011. It only makes sense to bring back Plax if we’re ruling Smith out for this year (hence his 1-year contract this year, and 5-year contract he’ll deserve in 2012). We’ll already have Nicks, Manningham, Jernigan, as guaranteed locks to make the roster. Add Smith and Burress and maybe Barden (unless we’re giving up on him) and you’re scrambling to get enough special teams players each week.

    I’m just not sure how this will work if we do sign Plax, but considering the circumstances it might make a lot of sense.

  6. citnetter says: Jul 27, 2011 8:23 AM

    What does it matter if the visit is on-site or off-site? They’re still allowed to communicate. I think you’re making more into this issue than what’s there. If a team wants to sign a player, they’ll do it regardless of where they visit/negotiate.

  7. kev86 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:32 AM

    Would love to get the audio of the Coughlin/Plax convo.

    Coughlin gets a little softer each year as he gets older and my guess is he knows he has one more shot with the Giants to make a run at a second super bowl ( would cement him as an all time great Giants coach and tie parcells for titles)

    This Plax/G-Men re-marriage might just work out.

  8. Exiled1 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:32 AM

    I hope Plax does well whereever he ends up. This guy has paid his dues in a very real way. So let’s cut him some slack.

  9. jenniferxxx says: Jul 27, 2011 8:39 AM

    Kind of a non-story, huh? Seriously. Fer shure.

  10. deadmanwalking47 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:40 AM

    i hate the giants with a passion,but this is nit picking and just as stupid as it gets!who cares when they talked to him or anybody else?

  11. managod777 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:45 AM

    Is he visiting…or was he invited?

  12. pixelito says: Jul 27, 2011 8:45 AM

    Shoot himself in the foot? Really?

  13. vickadelphiaphreedom says: Jul 27, 2011 8:53 AM

    just old friends getting together for coffee.

  14. vickadelphiaphreedom says: Jul 27, 2011 8:53 AM

    ….or maybe to “shoot” the bull?

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