On November 28th 2008 Plaxico Burress's gun went off in the waistband of his sweatpants and shot him in the thigh at a New York City nightclub. He was later sentenced to two years in prison and two additional years or supervised release. He is scheduled to be released on June 6th of this year.
In basically 3 1/2 years with the Giants, Plax had a total of 3500+ yards receiving and 33 TD's with the Giants. Before that fateful night in the club he was in the prime of his career and was an Eagles killer. Since then, the Giants have lost 6 straight to the Eagles.
Plaxico is nearing his 34th birthday and is clearly past his prime. That doesn't mean he has nothing left to offer but he isn't a number 1 wideout anymore. They biggest concern with me about Plaxico has always been his ego. He was always in hot water with Tom Coughlin. In 2008 he was upset over his contract and was thinking about skipping out on the Giants mini-camp but showed up anyways to avoid paying fines. He did however, refuse to practice with the team. He has been suspended twice in his career for skipping practice and was fined $45,000 after a game on October 24th of 2008 for his verbal abuse towards an official.
Obviously he has had a major attitude problem in the past. Before Michael Vick was sentenced to prison, he was a very lazy and selfish player with a bit of an attitude, but prison and Tony Dungy helped change that. What kind of a person is Plaxico Burress now? Michael Vick reportedly has already visited him in prison, so I would assume if he still has that awful attitude our front office would probably know about it and there would be no chance of us signing him.
Okay, so let's just say hypothetically he has turned his attitude around and has become a more self-less person who cares more about the team than his own individual needs. Let's say he is willing to accept a smaller role and a reasonable contract. Physically he should still be a very solid receiver. He should still be pretty close to 6'5 230lbs. He isn't a speed receiver, he is a physical, jump ball type receive rwho uses his size and strength more than his speed. We wouldn't be asking him to play 95% of the offensive snap, more like 10-20 plays on crucial 3rd downs and in red zone packages. The longer this lockout goes the more difficult it will be for him to have an immediate impact for any team, but him getting back into NFL shape to have that immediate impact is a lot easier than what Michael Vick had to do. Vick had to re-learn how to be an NFL QB and he had to get all his speed back that made him the type of freak show that he was.
I like the idea of signing Plaxico Burress to our team as long as he doesn't expect Dan Syndertype of a contract. If his attitude sucks he will be dealt with. He won a Superbowl with that horrible attitude and caught the game winning touchdown. It's kind of hard to have that diva-like mentality when your the 3rd or 4th wideout on your team. His too gifted physical not to be able to help solve our red zone woes. When you pass as much as we do, you can never have too many playmakers on your offense. We always seem to have that game or two where our offense just stinks for some reason and we lose to a team we are clearly better than(this year it was the Vikings and the Redskins). I view this move as a low risk high reward. If he way past his prime and clearly out of shape we cut him. If he is still a jerk and Andy Reid views him as detrimental to the team we cut him. He won't be a major hit on our salary cap. I don't see this as a bad move. It's either a no harm no foul move where he gives us nothing and we cut him or he is an asset to our team and maybe puts us over the top along with a RCB. Even if you disagree withall that, how awesome would it be if he helps us win a Superbowl and the Giants have to live withthe fact that we won a Superbowl with Plaxico. That wouldn't be good for Tom Coughlin's blood pressure at all.