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Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress Signs with New York Jets

July 31st, 2011 at 1:31 PM
By Dan Benton

The Plaxico Burress drama is finally over. The wide receiver has chosen to forgo a return to the New York Giants, instead deciding to sign with the cross-town rival New York Jets.

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (R) leaves the field after the Jets lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in their National Football League game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the deal is for one-year, $3.017 million…all guaranteed. It’s still a far cry from the Giants’ rumored offer of two-years, $10.5 million.

There had been some scattered reports only 24 hours ago that if Plax were to return to New York, it would not be with the Jets. As we now know, those reports were completely inaccurate.

He had initially been scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers today before making his way back to New York to meet with Rex Ryan and the Jets, but the two sides managed to reach a deal without ever meeting face-to-face (unless some secret clubhouse meeting at the pancake house had taken place without the world knowing).

“I know they have a good team and everybody knows Rex (Ryan), so …” Burress said yesterday. “I think he’s great. He stands behind his players, I think his players have a lot of respect for him and they play hard for him. … He’s a great coach, great personality. He seems like he’s always upbeat.”

It’s clear now that Burress had absolutely no intention of returning to the Giants, and was merely using them as a pawn to raise his price elsewhere.

The Giants will have a chance to show Plax how they feel about his decision when the two teams meet on Christmas Eve.

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