The program that earlier this month told us where to line up and kiss Tom Coughlin spent some time this week discussing where Plaxico Burress could be lining up in 2011.
The wide receiver is due to leave prison in June and on the latest episode of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Burress intends on playing football next season.
But where? While some current Giants players have noted that they would be OK with Burress returning to their team, one prominent former Giant says it might be best for Burress to find a new home.
“I don’t think he’ll come back to the Giants,” Phil Simms, a commentator on the program, said. “One, they are loaded at the receiver position. And I think it might be best for him to move on and connect with the coach or the receiver coach that he can have a special relationship with and further his career along.”
Giants GM Jerry Reese has maintained the same standard answer to all questions about Burress, saying that when the time comes the team will investigate the situation. Investigate doesn't mean sign, of course. But Reese did go so far this week to say on YES Network's "This Week in Football" that a Burress reunion with the Giants has not been ruled out.
Wherever he plays, Rosenhaus is convinced that Burress will make a positive impact. Of course, it’s his job to say that.
“I’m not a big advocate of making predictions on teams because so much can change,” Rosenhaus said on the program. “But I am not afraid to make the following prediction: Plaxico Burress will be playing in 2011. And he will play very well. And it will be a very happy ending to a very tough, tough story for him.”
Just like, oh, another player who spent some time in the can and came back to football and had success? Michael Vick, anyone?
A few key differences here. Vick spent a year as a backup in Philadelphia before emerging as an MVP-candidate in 2010. And when he signed with the Eagles after his stint in the big house he was 29. Burress will be 34 by the time the 2011 season begins.
“My concern would be what I saw with Mike Vick,” said Cris Collinsworth, also a commentator on the program. “It took Mike a year out of prison before he looked like Mike Vick again. Plaxico Burress is a guy, I don’t think it will take him that long. But we’ll have to see.”