Plax: Giants 'always a great possibility'
March, 6, 2012
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
Plaxico Burress is opening the door –- again –- for a potential reunion with the New York Giants.
In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio's Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on Tuesday, Burress was asked if he would consider a return to the Giants with Mario Manningham poised to leave via free agency.
"It's always a great possibility," the wide receiver said. "Playing in Kevin Gilbride's system is definitely one of the best. You just see the production those guys are having at the wide receiver position. Victor Cruz obviously with the year he had, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. You just look at some of the plays that those guys are making out there on the edge.
"And Eli [Manning] has really just become a man of his position, leading those guys the last few games of the season, the last five or six winning, and obviously winning the Super Bowl."
Burress met with the Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin last summer early in camp, during free agency, and was offered an incentive-based contract before accepting a guaranteed one-year deal with the Jets. Burress said it was nothing personal against the Giants.
"I don't have any regrets at all," Burress said of not signing with the Giants last year. "It was a decision that I made personally not to go back at that time. Just coming out of my situation, being away from football for two years, they were the first team that I saw. I just kind of said to myself, I just wanted to go somewhere and have a fresh start, and just go out and just let everything kind of be new to me."
Burress will be a free agent and he recently said that "nothing else would make me happier" than to join the Eagles, in an interview on the "Brian Baldinger & Harry Mayes Show" on 97.5 The Fanatic ESPN Radio.
The Eagles were on his wish list last year as well before he landed with the Jets. But now as the 34-year-old wide receiver enters free agency, he says he is open to the idea of returning to the Giants.
The Giants have high expectations for last year's third-round pick, Jerrel Jernigan, and also hope former third-round pick Ramses Barden might be able to step up if, and likely when, Manningham leaves. The team also re-signed Domenik Hixon, who is coming back from a second ACL surgery on his right knee.
But there's always the possibility that they could bring in a veteran receiver like former Giant Steve Smith as ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter pointed out last year.
And there’s Burress, who talks glowingly of the Giants' offense.
"It's definitely a great offense," Burress said in the interview today with SiriusXM NFL radio. "I haven't been able to talk to any teams as of yet, obviously, because it's not free agency time. But I'm looking at all offers and I'm just looking at the opportunity to go into an offense, be productive, and have fun, make some plays these last few years. And the goal, as always, is to win a championship."