Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, an All-Pro who became one of the team’s leaders after the retirement of Michael Strahan and a season-killing knee injury to Osi Umenyiora, told Dan Patrick on Thursday that Tuck would like to see receiver Plaxico Burress return to the team.
But Burress would have to change.
I would love to have him back,” Tuck said.  “He’s a teammate that made some mistakes.  Hopefully he’s learned from them.  If that’s the case, then, yes, I would love to have him back.  But if he hasn’t, obviously not.”
Tuck said he believes that he’s speaking for the whole team in that regard.
“The Giants are an organization that doesn’t look highly on low character or people who are selfish,” Tuck said.
Tuck pegged the chances of Plaxico’s return at 50-50.
The Giants’ players want Burress because they know that they need someone who can draw double coverage on every offensive snap.  Not having a player like that essentially gives the defense an extra man.
So the Giants should look for another guy who can attract that attention.  The only problem, of course, is that there aren’t all that many of them.
Apart from Burress, the others (we’re surely missing someone, and you’ll surely let us know about it) arguably include Lee Evans, Randy Moss, Chad Johnson, Braylon Edwards (when he can catch the ball), Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Bowe, Terrell Owens, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, Steve Smith, Marques Colston, Antonio Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, and Anquan Boldin.
Of those, maybe a trade can be swung for Edwards or Boldin.  Bryant will be a free agent, but the Bucs have the cap room to keep him around.  Owens might end up being available for nothing, but there are growing questions about whether he’s in decline.
The other option is to try to develop a current player into a guy who draws constant double teams.  The team had high hopes for Domenik Hixon, but he has a long way to go to become one of the few guys who can open up an offense by taking two guys away from the defense.


  1. So……Tuck doesn’t want Burress to continue to carry illegal firearms and shoot himself with them? This is news?

  2. Greg Jennings, Santana Moss, Santonio(turdio) Holmes, and Bernard Berrian should be in there.
    These others could be in there: Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers, Derrick Mason, Hines Ward, Donald Driver, DeSean Jackson, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Laveraneus Coles, Devin Hester, Torry Holt, Antwaan Randle El, and Marvin Harrison.

  3. Burress is an enormous distraction. If I were king of the giants I’d cut my losses and take the hit. No way this guy changes. What a waste of a great football talent. His antics were far reaching for that team and by all accounts he’s the personality type that will fail to recognize that.

  4. This is why the trade talks for Gonzo between the Giants and the Chiefs would likely start up again. He draws those doubleteams all game long. Not sure if Tony’s going to want to wait for the Pioli plan to come to fruition. As a Chiefs fan, I would like Tony to stay, but I could see a trade happening.

  5. anyone remember how long it took for burress to get signed by the giants back when he was a free agent in the first place?

  6. I would say pretty good WR list. Housh maybe? I guess we will see about him if Cin doesnt tag him. I know Gates is a TE but you could argue he opens up the offence in the same way.

  7. If Burress does not come back to the Giants, they have no shot, most likely, at future Super Bowls. Hopefully things workout for Plax.

  8. Hixon is an outstanding special teams guy and a serviceable second WR, but better suited as a third. I like the guy, but he is not a true number one receiver now nor will he develop into one. He just doesn’t have the tools. No matter what the Giants ultimate intentions are, they need to stop talking about Plax as a “maybe”. He can’t be trade bait if everyone thinks he’ll end up getting cut. They were smart enough to act like they wanted Shockey and got a nice draft pick out if it. I can’t understand why they are not doing the same with Plax. Even if you hate the guy, you need to act like you love him IF you hope to get something for him.

  9. I want some of what Dlew is smoking. Chambers, Mason, Ward, and Driver? As long as you have a semi competent CB they’re not getting past anyone downfield which I think was the point.
    There is always the dream that the Giant can trade Plax to Dallas (hell look how much they paid for Roy Williams, Plax would be worth double on talent) and use what they receive from them to trade for Boldin.
    Hixon isn’t a number one unless he packs in alot of learning, though this was his first real full year at receiver (last year Denver for 4 games then Giants kick returner) so it may be possible. He’s fast but doesn’t have the hands.

  10. Why don’t you talk about jail time instead of returning? It’s the epitome of arrogance to even discuss his return.

  11. How about roscoe parrish and nate burleson when healthy? and jennings of course. but dwel your list is sad…

  12. Forget adding a name…..Why the $%#@ is Dwayne Bowe on there? If he’s on there then Desean Jackson does belong considering this is his rookie year… Dwayne @#$%ing Bowe?

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