Phil Simms thought that Plaxico Burress should look for a fresh start with another team when he gets out of prison this spring. But Simms wouldn't be throwing passes to Burress in any case. Eli Manning seems to want Plax back with the Giants.
“I think the Giants will look hard into that,” Manning said in an interview with The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio in New York this week. “I think they know what kind of player he is. Obviously he knows our system. It hasn’t changed.”
Of course, Burress would bring all kinds of baggage. But he’d also bring tremendous talent (albeit 34-year-old talent that hasn’t played in the NFL in two full seasons).
Manning said as long as Burress “proves that he’s kind of changed his life and shows he’s committed to the Giants,” he’d be more than welcomed back on the team.
“I think if that’s what the Giants feel, I know what kind of player he can be and we already have a great corps of receivers right now,” Manning said. “To throw him into the mix would be a good thing.”
Manning also addressed a few other issues, such as Antonio Cromartie’s biting criticism of both sides in the labor dispute. Manning didn’t use the same colorful language as the Jets’ cornerback, but he did say that Cromartie is on to something.
“I think that’s kind of the mindset in a way,” Manning said. “We’ve got a great thing going and I think that’s kind of how the players at least think. We’ve got a great thing going and we’re happy, kind of, with how things are, for the most part. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out a happy medium for both sides.”
He also spoke about Jay Cutler’s strange weekend during the NFC title game in which he was not only taken out of the game with a torn MCL but questioned publicly by fellow NFLers.
“I think it just looked kind of weird on TV,” Manning said. “I was watching and it just kind of looked bizarre. The only thing I could think of was something had to be wrong. He must’ve just got hit and honestly just couldn’t play. That’s the only thing I could think of. The whole tweet thing, that kind of bothered me more than what happened in the game with Jay Cutler. If you’re at home, watching the game, and you’re an NFL player, you shouldn’t be allowed to tweet on anyone’s performance.
“It’s the media’s job, it’s the fan’s job,” Manning said of criticizing players publicly. “They can say whatever they want and do whatever they want. As a player, that’s not your responsibility to comment and to give your opinion on another player. As a quarterback, I don’t want another quarterback tweeting about my performance or judging me in that way.”