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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Even if the Giants had waited to see what happened to Plaxico Burress in court, there was a good chance he would've missed at least half the season. That's why releasing Burress will allow the Giants to have a clear vision of how to approach the rest of the offseason.
I still think Anquan Boldin's the best possibility of the different trade scenarios, which include Braylon Edwards and maybe Denver's Brandon Marshall. Despite what you recall about his sideline argument with then-Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Boldin's a player who normally puts his teammates first. Edwards isn't a bad guy, but he can be wildly inconsistent on the field.
The Newark Star-Ledger has broken down all the Giants' options via free agency, trade and draft. Giants general manager Jerry Reese isn't afraid to pull the trigger on a trade in the offseason -- as evidenced by the Jeremy Shockey deal. The Giants are stacked on the defensive line, so there's always the possibility that players such as Fred Robbins or Mathias Kiwanuka could be used as trade bait. Yes, I know the Giants have shot down the Kiwanuka rumors, but believe me, Reese and Tom Coughlin will listen to anything at this point.
We do know the Giants can't afford to go into the '09 season without a viable option at No. 1 receiver. Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon are nice players, but they're not dangerous enough to scare defenses. And it's not like Hakeem Nicks or Kenny Britt would walk into the league and strike fear in everyone's heart.