Plaxico eventually left Pittsburgh for the bright lights in New York when the Giants offered him a free agent deal. Now, Burress was a highly coveted free agent that many teams wanted to sign. Ironically, the rival New York team will be the testing ground to see if Burress has anything left as an NFL player. For Plaxico’s NFL career, his return makes the road less traveled look like a cakewalk.
Stuck in prison and his football career derailed, Plaxico Burress insisted he would be back one day.
Coach Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are giving the receiver that second chance.
There, Jets owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum sat down with Plaxico Burress — then a man whose short-term freedom, and long-term football future, were very much in question.
The Jets, Burress found, now had a young, exciting team that guarantees championships practically on a daily basis.
Six or seven teams were interested, Burress said, listing two places he has played — the Giants and Steelers — plus the Jets, Philadelphia, San Francisco and St. Louis.
Burress, like all veteran free agents across the league, can attend team meetings right away but cannot practice until Thursday.