Smith on Plax: NYG 'wanted him a lot'

September, 2, 2011
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Plaxico Burress ended up signing with the Jets, but it wasn't due to lack of interest from the Giants.

At least, not according to ex-Giants receiver Steve Smith.

"They wanted him a lot. I remember talking to [Giants owner] Mr. [Robert] Tisch. He told me like 'we're giong to go after Plax. I know they wanted him. Maybe he just wanted a fresh start," Smith said.

Smith, of course, also went with a fresh start. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after the Giants offered a deal his team deemed unsatisfactory.

Burress chose to sign a one-year, $3 million deal with the Jets instead of an offer from the Giants that was reportedly worth significantly less.

SMITH HOPES GIANTS REALIZE TERRELL THOMAS' VALUE: Terrell Thomas is in an eerily similar situation to the one Smith was in last year: season-ending injury before you test the free-agent market.

Smith suffered a knee injury that ended his season. Thomas suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for the season.

Smith, who signed with the Eagles over the Giants, says he hopes Big Blue realizes what they have in Thomas, unlike what happened with himself.

"I'm sure he's thinking a lot of things," Smith said. "I talked to him and he's just trying to stay positive and hopefully the Giants, they realize they've got a good player in him."

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