Giants no longer interested in WR Burress
By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer
March 10, 2005
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Plaxico Burress won't be a New York Giant next season.
A day after meeting with Burress, Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi announced on Thursday that the team was no longer interested in signing the former Pittsburgh Steeler and had withdrawn its contract offer. The announcement itself was unusual -- most teams don't usually say publicly that they have no interest in a player.
Burress was supposed to arrive at Giants Stadium on Monday but he missed the meeting because of illness. He finally showed up late Wednesday and had dinner with some coaches and members of the front office.
The five-year veteran had more talks on Thursday morning before being told the Giants were no longer interested.
Burress had 35 catches for 698 yards and five touchdowns last season. His best season was in 2002 when he had 78 catches. When free agency began, he was supposed to be one of the most sought-after players on the market, but the visit with the Giants was his first with any team.
The Giants went through most of last season without a deep threat. Tim Carter was lost early in the season with a hip injury and rookie Jamaar Taylor showed flashes coming back from knee surgery in college.
Amani Toomer battled a hamstring injury much of the season.
Since free agency started, the Giants have signed four players -- middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie, kicker Jay Feely and backup quarterback Jim Miller.
Michael Harrison, Burress' agent, was not immediately available for comment.
Updated on Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 3:28 pm EST
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I'm so excited they cut Ike "Slow-As-Hell" Hilliard, possibly making room for a WR signing. Just let Plax go to the Eagles and it's another cellar-dwelling season. Great job Giants management, seriously, great job on this one.