According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Giants RB Brandon Jacobs said that a former teammate, Jets WR Plaxico Burress, will be in attendance at Super Bowl XLVI to watch his old team take on the Patriots. Perhaps the more surprising revelation is that Burress deeply wanted to rejoin Big Blue for the 2011 season, according to Jacobs, and as a soon-to-be free agent, may well sign with the Giants for the 2012 season.
Burress chose to sign with the Jets last July after they offered him three times as much guaranteed money as the Giants did, according to the report, as he was coming off a 20-month jail sentence for possession of an illegal weapon. But, according to Jacobs, it wasn't easy for the Super Bowl XLII hero, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass for the Giants, to leave his old team.
"Oh, no question, I know he did. I know he wanted to come to the Giants," Jacobs said. "We just didn't think it was going to be able to be done financially. But he may be (back) next year, who knows?"
Why Burress would want to sign with the Giants is fairly obvious, particularly after an 8-8 season with Gang Green that left him watching the playoffs on his television set. Why the Giants would want to re-sign a wide receiver who will be 35 by the time the 2012 season begins is less clear. They already have two wide receivers, in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, who combined for 2,728 receiving yards and 16 touchdown receptions in 2011. Nicks is signed through 2013, and Cruz will be a restricted free agent in 2013, according to Sportrac, so both wideouts should be with the team for quite a while.
That being said, the Giants' next-best receiver in 2011 was Mario Manningham with 523 receiving yards, so perhaps Burress could be a No. 3 or No. 4 wideout for them. Although Burress had just 45 receptions for 612 yards in 2011, he remains a viable threat in the endzone with his 6-foot-5 build. He caught eight touchdowns for the Jets. Even though he failed to impress in his rematch against the Giants, catching just three balls for 34 yards, Jacobs said he was simply underutilized in the Jets' offense.
"He's a much better wide receiver than (45) catches, I tell you that," Jacobs was quoted as saying.
Of course, it would be a somewhat awkward return for Burress, who left on a sour note, having blasted, in a Men's Journal article, the reactions of both QB Eli Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin to his shooting incident.
Either way, Jacobs doesn't see Burress rejoining Gang Green, hinting at a lack of respect for QB Mark Sanchez's abilities, as well as a disgust at the state of the Jets' locker room.
"I don't see him back with the Jets next year at all," Jacobs said. "I don't know what he's thinking, but I don't see that. They've got a lot of things going on over there, and I don't know if he wants to be part of that."
The former Steelers product posted two 1,000-yard seasons during his four years with the Giants, as well as 33 touchdown receptions, before limping off the field with a poor performance in 2008 and an even shakier performance off the field.