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Burress suspended 4 games - placed on NFI list

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Burress suspended 4 games - placed on NFI list

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:57 pm

The Giants have suspended Burress for 4 games, his leg is liklely to take 4-6 weeks to heal. Either way his season is over, he has been placed on the NFI list, which is much like the IR list

I have confidence that our other WRs will step up and get the job done, so there isn't too much of am issue there.

I think the front office is generally concerned primarily for Burress's health. But I think this is his last chance to turn his attitude around.


If Burress doesn't sort his stuff out, he could be traded; then again the legal complications could make it harder, although other players have successfully managed legal problems.


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Post  Big_Pete on Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:10 pm

personally I am over Burress's antics; he needs to grow up

I think Reese should explore trade options. I would imagine he would be worth at least a 3rd round pick at the moment (a bargain with his talent).

I could easily see teams like Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Oakland being very interested; there will also see alot of 2nd tier teams with legitimate interest.

Cap wise, it seems the Giants put loopholes into Burress' latest contract
- from http://www.nypost.com/seven/12022008/sports/giants/burress_deal_has_loopholes_141844.htm


BURRESS DEAL HAS LOOPHOLES
By PAUL SCHWARTZ

Last updated: 9:18 am
December 2, 2008
Posted: 2:26 am
December 2, 2008

Plaxico Burress signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension prior to the season, but that doesn't mean the Giants are seriously committed to him for the future.

It is a remarkably smart deal constructed by general manager Jerry Reese and assistant Kevin Abrams, as the bulk of the money owed is not guaranteed, and the Giants could get rid of him without suffering debilitating salary-cap ramifications.

According to various reports, the Giants could cut or trade Burress after the season and get $23 million taken off their books.

The Giants knew Burress was not the most responsible character and made sure they were financially protected. There is $11.5 million in non-guaranteed base salaries in his contract, non-guaranteed roster bonuses of $3.5 million, non-guaranteed escalators of $5 million based on performance and $1.3 million in non-guaranteed workout bonuses.

Basically, this is a make-good contract for Burress, who only cashes in if he remains healthy, productive and attentive.

Burress has a $1 million installment of his signing bonus due to be paid on Dec. 10, meaning the Giants have a decision to make before then.

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Post  Big_Pete on Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:26 pm

from nfl.com


Giants debating what to do with troubled Burress

By Thomas George | NFL.com
Senior Columnist

Part of the frustration for the New York Giants with this latest Plaxico Burress fiasco is the idea among them that Burress was showing signs of calming down. With all they had already trudged through with this problematic receiver, he finally appeared to be getting things right.

In recent weeks he was being responsible in fulfilling his meeting, workout and treatment schedules. That, alone, had been a primary source of consternation, the nexus this season of his assorted suspensions and fines.

And then last Friday night he took a spin on shooting himself in the foot -- something he has long perfected. This time, he literally shot himself in the leg. In a Manhattan night club. Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce was with him. An apparent cover-up by both ensued. And now a weapons possession charge could earn Burress, at worst, three-plus years in prison; at least, heavy sanctions from the league. Pierce, too, is not yet set free from his involvement.

Giants players and management view Burress as a person who lets few people close to him. They see a 31-year-old man-child whose mother died six years ago, whose father long has not been a part of his life, a person with recent domestic disputes in his current home, a person who from early youth forward learned to believe that he was the final authority. He has treated the Giants that way. He has treated his teammates that way.

Now in dealing with the legal system, with strict New York gun laws and penalties, Burress confronts a sweeping, impacting authority larger than him. This is new for him. This is real and he knows it.

Burress has always taken the approach that conforming to authority means you are "soft." He has not accepted in the past that some of it simply means being professional. Being prompt has occasionally not been important to him. Burress has always wanted respect for himself. But he has failed to respect the game, several of his teammates say. His nonchalant, whatever attitude is part of his protection. He is good at the cold shoulder. And when people have a negative impression of him, the idea of winning them over? Not interested.

The Giants find themselves in a perplexing, tricky situation.

They have invested much in his development. Is this the bottom for him? Does he begin to rise now? Does he deserve a chance to stay a Giant and come out of this a better human being? Do they cut him and go after the money? They must ask themselves this question: Does he actually need us more than we need him? If we suddenly divorce, will this player personally collapse? There is a strong belief among those closest to him with the Giants that Burress has a problem with alcohol. There is the sense that he needs several layers of therapy. That he must have that, regardless, immediately.

So, the Giants could give Burress maximum fines and game suspensions as the legal process unfolds. They could bring him back and simply deactivate him until he shows he is ready to jump fully aboard. They could simply place him on the non-football-illness list and say see you next season and we will revisit where we are then. They could let this all play out, give him another chance with the idea that the penalty for further infraction will be, simply, cutting him.

These are things the Giants have been discussing since the Burress gun incident broke.

Multiple sources within the team said a decision will be made and the result in place before players report to practice on Wednesday.

Burress, 6-foot-5, 232 pounds, has a skill set unlike any other Giants receiver. In some ways, it is unlike any other NFL receiver. His routine draw of double-coverage means the Giants scheme with their other 10 offensive players battling the rest of a defense's nine, since a safety and cornerback on nearly every play track Burress.

Burress, thus, not only opens others' passing lanes, but he also impacts the Giants' big-play running game. He loosens defenses, backs them off, making the point of attack in the run game more manageable.

The Giants believe they would not have won the last Super Bowl without him. They think they can win the next one without him. They believe they certainly have a better shot of winning it all again with him. Burress changes games. Especially postseason games.

One of Burress' teammates said, requesting anonymity: "Plaxico will look back one day and wish he could change some things, done some things differently. The game helps create and mold you, if you pay attention. He really needs us now. We have always needed him. It comes down to one thing he has to learn in all of this, across the board -- respect."

Burress timeline since Super Bowl XLII

Feb. 3: Made 13-yard winning touchdown reception in Super Bowl XLII.

June 12: Fined $25,000 for refusing to practice at mandatory minicamp.

Aug. 19: Wife called police over domestic dispute; granted temporary restraining order.

Sept. 4: Signed a five-year, $35 million contract.

Oct. 5: Suspended two weeks, one game (vs. Seattle) and fined $117,500 for missing a team meeting.

Oct. 19: Fined $45,000 for verbally abusing a referee and throwing a ball into stands.

Oct. 26: Benched for first quarter vs. the Steelers after missing a mandatory treatment session.

Nov. 28: Accidentally shot himself in right thigh at a New York nightclub.

Nov. 29: Is treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and discharged.

Dec. 1: Posts $100,000 bail on weapons possession charges.

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Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:36 pm

Glad Reese and Abrams were smart enough to make up a contract like that.
I really hope Burress never wears a Giants uniform again but on the other hand I also hope he doesn't become part of an nfc east rival.
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