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By PFW staff

With WR Plaxico Burress due to be released from prison on June 6, speculation is mounting regarding where the talented former Giant who turns 34 in August will play for the 2011 season.

On Friday, Dave Diehl, the Giants' starting left tackle, offered his opinion about whether Burress will return to the Giants.

"I would like to say yes," Diehl told NFL Network. "He's had a lot of success for us as a player. But, if I were Plaxico, I would say no. With everything that happened (pleading guilty in 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon), Plaxico has taken a lot of heat, not only through the media. … I think about Michael Vick's situation. He went into a new situation, a new city, where he could almost start fresh with new teammates and go back to basics."

Diehl said the Giants would welcome back Burress after two years out of the league and believes Burress still has something to offer on the field. However, he said he believes Burress might want to start over elsewhere and not return to an area that holds bad memories.

"… If I were in that position, in order to move on and start fresh, you have to get back to square one. That's getting back to playing football. That's getting back to yourself, and not only enjoying your family, but enjoying your life and being happy again. For him, I think that's somewhere else." 

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