In 2007, when the Giants won the Super Bowl, Brandon Jacobs was their leading rusher and Plaxico Burress was their leading receiver. Both men are now free agents, and the Giants don’t seem particularly eager to bring back either one of them — but Jacobs appears more likely than Burress to be a Giant in 2012.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin was asked about both Jacobs and Burress at the league meeting today, and Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that Coughlin said he’s open to the idea of Jacobs returning, but nothing is imminent. As for Burress, Coughlin doesn’t sound like he’s given a return any thought.
“Never say never, but it has not been discussed,” Coughlin said of signing Burress.
Jacobs was released by the Giants this month when a new contract couldn’t be worked out. He may be more likely to agree to what the Giants were offering now that he has seen how bad the market is for free agent running backs this year.
Burress was reportedly in contact with the Eagles, but he hasn’t seemed to draw much interest in free agency this year. Last year he played in all 16 games for the Jets but didn’t look like the same player he had been before shooting himself in the leg and serving a prison sentence; Burress caught just 45 passes for 612 yards, making it the first time since his rookie year that he averaged less than three catches and 40 yards a game.