Despite clear interest, Giants are a “long way” from signing Plaxico

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Giants co-owner John Mara joined PFT Live on Thursday, primarily to do a postmortem on the gone-but-not-yet-forgotten labor dispute.

After that, it was time to talk about the Giants.  And one of the biggest questions facing the Giants right now is whether they’ll bring back Tiki Barber Plaxico Burress.

So I asked Mara how Burress and coach Tom Coughlin could get along, in light of everything that happened in 2008 and previously.

“That was 2008, and it’s now 2011,” Mara said.  “He is coming tomorrow evening and he and Tom are going to sit down, and that’s step one of the process.  And if we move successfully past step one of the process, then we have to see if he fits in terms of our salary cap situation and everything.”

A formal signing is by now means close.

“We’re a long way from being there, and we’ll just have to see what happens,” Mara said.  “But obviously he was a tremendous player for us and one of the big reasons that we won that Super Bowl.  I think it would have been foolish for us not to even have the conversation with him.

“So we’ll see what happens when he comes in tomorrow evening and what happens that.  But obviously you have to be interested in someone who has that kind of talent.”

We agree.  And we’re surprised more teams aren’t chasing him.  The mere fact that the Giants are willing to explore whether he has changed enough in three years to justify bringing him back confirms that they have high regard for his talents.

For any team out there that’s on the fence, that should be enough to nudge them toward trying to get in on this one.

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33 responses to “Despite clear interest, Giants are a “long way” from signing Plaxico

  1. If the Giants are saying Steve Smith is out for the year (or at least most of the year), then it absolutely makes sense to sign Burress. But if Smith is expected to only miss a handful of weeks, then I don’t see the point at all. With Manningham in a contract season and having some huge games last year, I think he and Nicks will be fine…

    …so long as we re-sign Boss and Bradshaw, as well.

  2. So where are the philadelphia owned NJ giant fans that say they are glad their team is not interested in bringing back this nitwit? Bunch fairy weather fans.

  3. The choice will have nothing to do with money and everything to do with the men he’s potentially play for. I just can’t shake this feeling that, no matter how much the Giants offer him or Coughlin tries to mend fences, Tomlin is going to sit down with him and hypnotize him, like he does with everybody.

  4. Steve Smith/Manningham(?)/those other guys…

    c’mon, do they need Plaxico?
    Get some younger Olinemen and some fresh RBs, probably some idk, depth on defense, etc.

  5. this isn’t news…he hasn’t even met with Coughlin yet…this is simply an owner stating facts…you can say the same thing about any player they’re going to meet with for any position in the future…a little early to be making stories out of context, isn’t it?

  6. He’s going to the Giants. He’s having dinner with Tomlin to use as leverage against the Giants. The Giants are saying it’s not a done deal for leverage with him. In the end $$$ talks, bull$hit walks. He takes $5m/year from Giants. Steelers won’t even come close to that number and don’t really need him.

  7. if you ask me, this is a smoke screen to try to get Plax for cheap.
    show LITTLE interest and let other teams they have the upper hand.

  8. Completely off subject! HEY ELWAY!!!!!! Why the hell are you not in more headlines signing every damn dt you can possibly find! Quit being cheap! Look what that’s done for us in past defense!! Start spending money! This is absurd! I’m tired of hearing about you’re old coach in Washington, pats, giants and so on! You wanna be a big dog start spending like one!! Big names! Big money! Big rings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Go ahead G-men, ink the most fined and disruptive player in the history of your franchise to another deal.

    Looks like they forgot what an a-hole this guy was before he shot himself.

  10. @ mad5555 :

    You guys have the sickest NFC Championship ring collection… I’m so jealous as a Giants fan. All we have are lousy Super Bowl rings.

    Wanna trade…? 😉

  11. Why would the Eagles pursue Burress? They have two quality starting WR’s in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles don’t pursue aging players (Burress will be 34 in August), especially WR’s.

    Do the Eagles really want a guy like Burress who missed or was late to over 40 team meetings in 2008 to influence their young, impressionable WR’s? Let him take his lousy attitude and diminishing skills to another team.

    I never understood why people were saying the Eagles would make a play for Burress. They have great skill position players. The Eagles need help in the secondary, offensive line, and defensive line.

  12. Interesting how the only 2 teams he actually played for are the most interested. Steelers let go of Max Starks ($7m) & Randle El (last yr signed 3 yr $7m deal) so they are clearing space for bodies. Ward/Plex/Wallace would be a dynamic trio, for sure – not to metion continued development of Sanders & Antonio Brown.

  13. mad5555 says:
    Jul 28, 2011 1:50 PM
    So where are the philadelphia owned NJ giant fans that say they are glad their team is not interested in bringing back this nitwit? Bunch fairy weather fans.

    “Fairy weather fans”

    This from a fan base that had a QB that took them to 5 NFC championships & a SB & ran him out of town on a rail only to embrace a career choker, that has never lived up to his hype. He’s a sadistic, suffereing animal torturer that had as much respect for women as he had for sick animals which was shown when he, after being treated under an assumed name went out & infected women with an incurable disease. Add to that he’s a pathological liar that without the Eagles support system, would have be back in jail last June.

    Stop hating Eagle fans, regular season wins are for losers, it’s not our fault the last time you won anything was FIFTY ONE YEARS AGO!

  14. Coach Coughlin: Plaxico, Do you feel you’ve been rehabilitated?
    Plaxico: Rehabilitated?… Well, now, let me see. You know, I don’t have any idea what that means.
    Rehabilitation Officer: Well, it means that you’re ready to rejoin society, you know, the Giants!
    Plaxico: I know what you think it means, sonny. To me it’s just a made-up word. A politician’s word, so that old fart coaches like yourself can wear a suit and a tie and have a job. What do you really wanna know? Am I sorry for what I did?
    Coach Coughlin: Well, are you?
    Paxico: There’s not a day goes by I don’t feel regret. Not because I’m in here; or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone and this old man is all that left. I gotta live with that. Rehabilitated? It’s just a BS word. So go ahead and stamp your forms, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don’t give a S*#T!

  15. Fresh out of Jail CA dreaming….Send him to the Raiders where he will be loved.

  16. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 28, 2011 2:10 PM

    @ mad5555 :

    You guys have the sickest NFC Championship ring collection… I’m so jealous as a Giants fan. All we have are lousy Super Bowl rings.

    Wanna trade…? 😉



    and good post above cuban.
    shawshank redemption is an all time classic

  17. Plex will be a Giant again, and the Gmen will have the sickest reciving core in the league; Nicks / Plex / Manningham / Smith / Boss as an outlet, Bradshaw on the edge, and Jacobs pounding the rock, completely UNSTOPPABLE offense….

    As far as the Eagles go, well yeah you haters always have some stupid thing to say about everything, so I just dismiss your idiocy, any fan base that would run McNabb out of town so uncerimoniously after what he did for that franchise easily proves that you Filth-adelphia fans are completely clueless, and just haters…

    Stop player hatin, cuz the Giants playahs are going to light you up twice this year for a combined score of at least 84 to 20, Eli is going to toy with your secondary again just like he did for 4 years with Plex!

  18. @elisapunkbitch
    wow u know u got a weak qb when u have to let people know he’s not a punk.
    How did the eagles run mcnabb out of town uncerimoniously? They sent him to a team he wanted within the divison for less compensation than if they would have sent him to oakland.
    I am sure u were one who didn’t want Plax until today, aint that right fairy weather fan. let me guess you are from NJ, right?

  19. Funny how Eagle fans (like mad5555 and eaglefanxx, among others) are so quick to defend Michael Vick. “He’s done his time, why can’t people forgive, it’s time to move on, yadda yadda yadda…”. But when the subject of Burress comes up, you get quotes like:

    “Do the Eagles really want a guy like Burress who missed or was late to over 40 team meetings in 2008 to influence their young, impressionable WR’s? Let him take his lousy attitude and diminishing skills to another team.”

    Why would any team want a QB who admitted to executing dogs and was imprisoned for interstate gambling? Oh yeah, because prison made him realize the error of his ways, and now he is a “better, more mature person”.

    So it’s not possible that Burress also learned the error of his ways, and can come out and be a positive role model for younger players? You know, like your poster boy Vick is doing? Oh wait, it would ONLY be possible if he was going to the Eagles, right?

  20. @mad5555
    Fairy weather fan. That’s REALLY funny! Just get finished watching some Beavis and Butthead re-runs? Try growing up and discussing football like an adult.
    There are a few Eagle fans I can actually respect on this site. You are not one of them.

  21. Burress street credentials are through the roof right now. SB ring; check. Did a bid and a gun charge; check. Still pmpin; check. He’ll punch you and the face and catch a td pass with the other hand at the same time. For real.

  22. The joke about the Giants organization playing in NJ, with NJ and NY fans, is completely lame. It’s a stretch attempt at trying to make a joke. It’s not even an insult to any of us. You make a joke about NJ being trashy? You mean the parts in South NJ that are infested with people who root for the Eagles? EXACTLY, they are trash – and the rest of the state knows this. Those are the fairy weather fans that started rooting for your organization roughly 10 years ago, when you became respectable (I use that word lightly).

    No Giant fan is jealous of anything in Philly – period. We are a team that doesn’t pride ourselves on the regular season, like your organization does. Congrats on the punt return – what did you do with that momentum? That is the bigger joke. Your organization has one goal, to win a Superbowl. The fact that Philly STILL hasn’t done that makes them failures. There is no use in sugar-coating that fact. Your organization simply cannot figure out that having a moron under center, that runs around like a tool, is not the prototype in the NFL for winning. If it was, everyone else would be doing it. That’s why your QBs, the leaders of your organization, crumble every January.

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