Media Day was a circus, as always, as the New York Giants threw themselves at the mercy of the media this afternoon. There were all kinds of questions asked to the Giants elite, with full podiums for Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, Justin Tuck, and several others.
Another Giants player who spoke at a podium today was running back, Brandon Jacobs. In addition the usual Super Bowl and match-up questions, Jacobs also was asked about his former teammate, Plaxico Burress, who played with the New York Jets following his release from prison.
Jacobs and Burress are close friends and apparently speak often, so when asked about the former Giants receiver, Jacobs had a lot to offer up.
As reported by ESPN.com New York, Jacobs believes that Burress wanted to return to the Giants instead of the Jets, saying:
"Oh, no question, I know he did. I know he wanted to come to the Giants. We just didn't think it was going to be able to be done financially. But he may be (back) next year, who knows?"
This was seemingly the result of the different financial packages offered to Burress. The Jets simply offered more guaranteed money, which sealed the deal for Burress.
However, with Burress under a one-year contract, he will have his chance to reevaluate his options this off-season and see if there is a better destination for him. As previously noted, Jacobs believes it’s possible that Burress returns to the Giants.
Jacobs went on to explain:
"I don't see him back with the Jets next year at all … 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."
When asked why he believes Burress will not return to the Jets next year, Jacobs took a quick jab at the Jets offense, noting:
"I don't see him there due to (the limited) success he had last year, and I don't think it had anything to do with him … And I'll leave it at that."
Whether Burress returns to the Giants or goes elsewhere, the Jets locker room issues are likely to drive away a number of players who may see greener grass elsewhere in the NFL. As for a return to the Giants, one can only speculate on what that receiving corps would look like.
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