With starting receiver Hakeem Nicks recovering from a broken foot, Giants coach Tom Coughlin was asked today if he might consider bringing back Plaxico Burress. But Coughlin shot that notion down quickly.
According to the Bergen Record, Coughlin shook his head and mouthed, “No,” when asked if the Giants might sign Burress.
That’s a more definitive answer than Coughlin has previously given: When asked about signing Burress a couple months ago, Coughlin’s answer was, “Never say never, but it has not been discussed.”
So Burress, who said in March that he thought a return to the Giants was a “great possibility,” will remain a free agent. After returning to the NFL last season after two years in prison, Burress was a starter for the Jets. But he didn’t do enough to make any other teams interested in signing him.
And it doesn’t do anything to bolster Burress’s reputation that Coughlin, the NFL coach who knows Burress best, has closed the door on bringing him back.