As the Giants head into the offseason, one of the last questions asked of general manager Jerry Reese at his press conference yesterday was not about the looming lockout, the way the season ended prematurely, or any of the many free agents-to-be on the current roster. Rather, is was a blast from the past.
A gun blast from the past.
Given the way Michael Vick has rehabilitated himself and his image, would the Giants be interested in signing Plaxico Burress when he is released from prison this spring?
"We investigate everything," Reese said, "so when that situation arises, we will investigate that."
It's the same thing Reese said this summer in training camp when he was asked about Burress. That the Giants will investigate, they investigate everything. It's a sly way of not slamming any doors. But is it a reality?
Probably not. The Giants are very happy with their group of receivers, assuming that Steve Smith is able to come back at close to his past levels from microfracture knee surgery. They also have Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. They can also bring back Derek Hagan, continue to develop Ramses Barden, bring vets Devin Thomas and Michael Clayton into training camp with them, and see what year two of Victor Cruz brings them.
Burress will also be 34 when he is released in June. Vick was 29 when he signed with the Eagles last season.
So will the Giants investigate Burress? I'm sure. Will that investigation go very far? I doubt it. I can't see John Mara ever signing another check made out to Plaxico Burress in his lifetime.