Another off-season and another possible Plaxico Burress return to the New York Giants. Haven't we gone through this routine before?
It's that time of year when Burress— the former Giants receiver who caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII, shot himself in the leg, spent 20 months in jail then signed with the New York Jets— tells everyone about the prospect of his return to the Giants.
He's at it once again. Burress, in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, today with Rich Gannon and Adam Shein, said he wouldn't mind re-signing with the Giants next week when free-agency begins.
"It's always a great possibility," Burress told the hosts.
Too bad the optimistic wide-out has probably used up his three wishes with the Big Blue genie.
Last summer— after his release from prison for weapons charges— Burress spurned the Giants after a much-ballyhooed free-agent visit to the Timex performance Center in the Meadowlands for dinner with the owners and Tom Coughlin.
The Giants offered him an incentive-based contract which Burress turned down; then promptly grabbed a guaranteed deal with the Jets.
Afterwards, he said he never wanted to play for the Giants and had nothing but distain for head coach Tom Coughlin.
Now it sounds like the 34-year-old Burress has changed his tune... again. The Lomabrdi Trophy can do that to a person.
"Playing in Kevin Gilbride's system is definitely one of the best," said Burress. "You see the production those guys are having at 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 the Super Bowl."
Is there a spot for Burress on the Giants? Probably not.
The Giants are preparing themselves for the loss of free-agent Mario Manningham but still have Cruz, Hicks and a re-signed Domenic Hixon. There are high hopes for Jerrel Jernigan and Ramses Barden and Burress didn't exactly do anything with the Jets.
The free-agent has bandied about the names of the Giants, Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles as teams he would like to join.
Burress told a Philadelphia radio station that "Nothing would make me happier" than playing for the Eagles, but he said that last summer too.
The Giants got over the loss of Steve Smith to the Eagles without any complications. Burress would be a no brainer.
"I haven't been able to talk to any teams as of yet obviously because it's not free-agency time," Burress said today. "But I'm looking at all offers , I'm just looking for an opportunity to go into an offense, have fun, make some plays these last few years and the goal is always to win a championship."
Too bad he gave up that chance last season.