Plaxico Burress was bullish on joining the Eagles last week, but this week finds him singing the praises of another NFC East team.
It’s a team he knows well. Burress went on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Adam Schein Tuesday and was talking about how great it would be to wind up playing for the Giants again. As you’re surely aware, Burress’ last stint with the current Super Bowl champs ended with his self-inflicted gunshot wound during the 2008 season and he flirted with them a bit last year before ultimately signing with the Giants’ MetLife Stadium co-tenants.
Burress had nothing but praise for Tom Coughlin, who he sparred with on occasion while a member of the team and criticized in interviews after getting out of prison, during the interview and called the chance of a reunion “a great possibility.” He then went on to wax rhapsodic about the Giants offense.
“Playing in Kevin Gilbride’s system is definitely one of the best,” Burress said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “You just see the production those guys are having at the wide receiver position. Victor Cruz obviously with the year he had and Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. You just look at some of the plays those guys are making out on the edge and Eli [Manning] has really just become a man at his position, leading those guys the last few games of the season and obviously winning a Super Bowl.”
While the Giants are likely to lose Mario Manningham in free agency, the chances of a return engagement probably aren’t as good as Burress makes them out to be. The Giants re-signed Domenik Hixon and have Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan on the roster without having much cap space to spend. His relatively drama-free year with the Jets might quiet some concerns about any distractions, but Manning hardly seemed thrilled about the prospect of Burress’ return last year and his past issues with Coughlin also complicate the issue when you’re talking about someone who is essentially a role player at this point in his career.
Burress also listed the Jets, Steelers and Eagles as teams that have his interest as a free agent. At least he’s keeping his options open.