You gotta love it when a knuckle-head makes good.
And guess who came out winning?
The [Jets] announced Sunday morning it has agreed in principle to a deal with troubled wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Word leaked out Saturday that the Jets were interested in the former Giant, who spent nearly two years in prison after shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub in 2008. The Jets were believed to be fighting the Steelers and 49ers for Burress, but that competition came to a swift end.
ESPN reported Burress received a one-year, $3,017,000 contract that is fully guaranteed.
The signing makes sense for the Jets, who needed a second receiver to pair with Santonio Holmes, but it comes with plenty of risk. Burress is 34, has not played in three years and was a problem for the Giants even before his arrest. He has a reputation for being late to meetings and causing coaching staffs headaches. Jets coach Rex Ryan prides himself in working with players, even those who come with labels as troublemakers. The Jets have brought in Holmes and Braylon Edwards over the last two years, both who had bad reputations.
The Jets have been intrigued by Burress dating back to 2009 when owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum visited Burress in Florida before he went to prison.
Burress visited with the Giants on Friday and the Steelers on Saturday.
Good job! Let’s hope he’s gotten all of the dummy out of him now.