Giants RB Brandon Jacobs told ESPNNewYork.com that his friend, WR Plaxico Burress, will not be joining his old team next season.
Burress will be released from prison on Monday, and once the lockout is lifted he'll be free to join any NFL team as a free agent. The Giants apparently will not be the team he plays with in 2011.
"There is no chance Plaxico Burress is a New York Giant after he comes home," Jacobs said.
Burress was a star receiver for the Giants and helped the team win the Super Bowl over the Patriots following the 2007 season. Midway through the '08 season, Burress accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub and later was charged and later pleaded guilty for a weapons charge.
He has been in prison since 2009. Burress turns 34 in August.
"He isn't coming to the Giants," Jacobs said from Justin Tuck's celebrity billiards event in Manhattan on Thursday. "He's got options. I would love for him to be a part of the Giants. I don't think that is even on his plate."
One of the teams he could join is the Eagles, who apparently are interested. QB Michael Vick, who also is close with Burress, reportedly has been in close contact with his friend and has tried to sway him to sign in Philadelphia.
"I would hate to see him go to where I think he is going to go, that is from talking to him," Jacobs said of the Eagles. "It is pretty tough to deal with all those different combinations. Plax is a Virginia guy, Vick is a Virginia guy. They went through sort of the same things and they got a lot of dynamic players down there. It wouldn't be a bad thing, he thinks, to go down there. He wants to win."
The way we see it
Even with the Giants' injury and depth concerns at receiver, it makes sense that they might have completely moved on — and that Burress isn't interested in returning. The Eagles, however, make plenty of sense as a destination. It's likely that, like Vick, Burress' biggest impact will come in his second year removed from prison, in 2012.