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Former New York Giants: Plaxico Burress Forced to Auction Off House; Brandon Jacobs’ Career Over?

April 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 AM
By Casey Sherman

Several key players from the New York Giants 2007 Super Bowl winning team have recently found themselves in the news for unfortunate reasons.

'Brandon Jacobs' photo (c) 2012, Zennie Abraham - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Former Giants' star receiver Plaxico Burress went from catching the game winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl 42 six years ago to now being forced to auction off his Virginia Beach house. A circuit court has demanded the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver auction his house to satisfy liens against the property stemming from a judgment after a 2008 car accident in Florida. On Monday Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. ordered the property is to be sold no longer than a week after the fifth advertisement of the auction in the local newspaper. This is according to documents emailed to USA Today by the lawyer for the suit's plaintiff.

In Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, he quoted Pat Kirwan who had a thought on former Giants' bruiser Brandon Jacobs.

"At best he'll be a post-draft signing, but if I were to guess, I think his career is over," he said.

Hopefully Kirwan's speculation will prove wrong. If you're a fan of the Giants, than it's almost mandatory that you're a Brandon Jacobs fan as well. No player in the last decade bled blue and loved being a Giant more than B-Jac. After watching the love for the game he exerted every Sunday, its hard to imagine the 30 year old Jacobs out of the league this early.

Also, as Giants 101 previously mentioned, it appears Osi Umenyiora did accept a lesser offer to play for the Atlanta Falcons rather than remain a back-up on the Giants. It has come out that he turned down a three year deal worth $18 million offer from the Giants. He chose instead to sign with the Falcons for two years at $8.5 million dollars.

Meanwhile, for Domenik Hixon, who previously turned down an offer from the Detroit Lions, no deal has been reached with the Carolina Panthers. He left his meeting with them on Tuesday without a contract.

Finally, and if there is a bright side to all of this, wide receiver Steve Smith has kept his NFL career alive by signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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39 Responses to “Former New York Giants: Plaxico Burress Forced to Auction Off House; Brandon Jacobs’ Career Over?”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    All, unfortunately, damaged goods.

    Burress damaged because he remains a man-child and a deadbeat who won’t take responsibility for his life and his errors. Good luck to the Steelers in managing this guy.

    Smith because that injury probably cost him a fine career and many millions of dollars. Jerry Reese must be thanking his lucky stars that Smith turned down the deal he was offered prior to becoming damaged goods. On that one jerry was lucky, not good.

    Jacobs because once he lost just a step he became vulnerable to being stopped before he could generate momentum and power by defenders who would be able to catch him at or behind the LOS. A power back who cannot accelerate quickly enough to the gap is of no use to anyone in the NFL. Too bad because he’s a good guy and should always be remembered as a “heart” of the Giants.

  2.  Krow says:

    Sad news for both of them. As a fan they delivered many happy moments. I hope it all turns out well.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t think it’s sad for Jacobs because for a RB he had a full career. Smith is the one that’s had the tough luck. Even if the Giants didn’t offer him that much you have to think he was getting at least 10-12 mil guaranteed. It’s ironic how similar the Cruz and Smith contract situations are similar. I know Cruz is more talented but what many thought of Smith at the time was very similar to Cruz right now.

  4.  Kevros says:

    Steve Wyche on NFL AM said Perry Fewell is NFL’s top 4-3 defensive coach!

    •  Krow says:

      Then our players must really suck … because the ‘top 4-3 coach’ led them to a 28th place finish.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Perry Fewell is a MUCH better coach than most of the meatheads on this blog want to admit. He is NOT the best 4-3 Defensive coach in the NFL though.

      •  Krow says:

        He’s competent as hell, but I still hate that passive scheme of his. It’s just not Giants football. We attack … we punch people in the nose … we bend and break THEM dammit.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t understand why a player like Jameson Konz is looked at as just camp fodder but if a draft eligible player had the same profile there would garner so much more excitement. Football players fall through the cracks like Will Hill and Stevie Brown did all the time. Look at Boothe and Pascoe too. I’m not saying Konz will be any good or even be signed but players like him have impacted our rosters in the past and will again this year.

    •  Krow says:

      No doubt because he’s had a shot … and didn’t make it.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        He was injured if you read closer. Really hasn’t had a chance to fail. Plus he changed positions. If your are a lower round guys team lose patience quickly. If Austin was a 7th round pick even with his talent he probably wouldn’t have made the team in 2012 let alone 2013. Brown, Hill, Pascoe and Boothe all had chances to fail as well. Look at a player like Kevin Walter. Players fall through the cracks all the time. Not saying people should get excited but some of these type of signings do help us field a better 53.

    •  Kevros says:

      What Krow said. The chances of someone who’s had their shot on another team becoming a significant contributor are really low. Yeah, you named a few that defied the odds, but the players that have come in for a workout with the Giants and failed in the last decade, number in the hundreds…

      •  GOAT56 says:

        It the same odds as a 5th-7th round pick making an impact in most cases. We also have Cruz, Ojomo, Helzlich and Paysinger that were undrafted free agents. Signing players like Konz is how JR has built our roster year after year. Didn’t Andre Brown fail here and several other teams before spending a year on PS and then being a contributor last year? Witherspoon and Coe provided good depth in 2011 with similar stories. Look at James Harrison. It’s not a defied the odds situation, talented football players are cut from our roster and other rosters every year. Sometimes players are better fits with other systems and different coaching.

        •  Kevros says:

          You’re making a better argument to not be excited about late round draft picks than you are for being excited about this guy.

          Look, I get your point. There are Tom Brady’s and James Harrisons and Victor Cruz’s out there. But this guy has done nothing to give you ammunition to come on here and tell everyone that they need to be excited about him. He’s athletic and at this point not much else. So, like him if you want, but you’re notgoing to convince me to follow along. He has to do that on the field…

          •  GOAT56 says:

            I was never trying to get you to be excited. I’m not excited but the move has no downside and some upside. I was purely illustrated the value in signing guys like Kuhn. The point isn’t he will be a star because those are the rare cases. The point really is contributors on our 53 man rosters have had similar profiles.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      I’m not sure if Bear Pascoe is the best choice for illustrating your point.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I’m no Pascoe fan but the point is he’s helped. He’s been a 2nd-3rd TE for us and a backup FB. He played the last 2 quarters in the SB as our only TE. I’m not in any way saying this kid is going to be great. But a contributor on our 53 for cheap helps.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Oh God.

      Really?

      Goat, you’re smarter than this.

      just because the kid has the tools doenst mean they work.

      He’s not that good. Never was that good.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        How do you know if he’s any good? Players with some talent are brought in all the time. Some get cut and others end up like Brown, Hill, Boothe or Pascoe. None of those players when they were signed got any cheers. Looking at this kids profile he switched positions and got injured so never really had a full chance to show what he could do. We don’t know how good most of these players are that’s why even the smartest executives have draft busts.

        •  Kevros says:

          You’re making a better argument to not be excited about late round draft picks than you are for being excited about this guy.

          Look, I get your point. There are Tom Brady’s and James Harrisons and Victor Cruz’s out there. But this guy has done nothing to give you ammunition to come on here and tell everyone that they need to be excited about him. He’s athletic and at this point not much else. So, like him if you want, but you’re notgoing to convince me to follow along. He has to do that on the field…

          •  Begiant says:

            Who is saying we should be excited about him? It could be a good signing. He has the measurable that could produce an impact player. No one is saying he is anything…just that for no cost he would be a good signing. I doubt Goat expects him to make the final roster but the more of these players we bring in to camp the better our chances of hitting on one is.

            •  GOAT56 says:

              Basically. I don’t expect him to make our final roster but with our current LBs he has a chance. A player or two like him will likely make the roster. Failing in one organization doesn’t mean you can’t contribute as an NFL player for another.

            •  Kevros says:

              Reread the first post in this group of postings…

        •  Eric S says:

          Don’t understand all this debate about Konz. Nor do I understand why people get worked up over the guys we “bring in for meetings”. Bringing a guy in doesn’t mean you sign them. You’re mostly doing your due diligence. Getting a feel for the player, checking their medical, working them out. Some guys get signed to be the needed meat for the requisite offseason grinder, others get filed away in case injuries mount and they’re still available. Maybe a player like Konz was somebody they had interest in drafting a few years ago and somebody else snagged him, now that he’s available they’re getting an up close look. With his supposed athleticism what’s the harm in meeting? Even if they sign him as fodder who cares? If he flashes and earns a spot then he’ll have earned it and we’ll have gotten him for peanuts.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    I feel for Jacobs. guy was a great Giant and was a team first guy.. Plax can go Phuck himself right in the self inflicted thigh hole.. Smith’s greed or possibly his agents greed did him in. Can’t help but think if he would have stayed with blue, went on PUP and rehabbed the right way that he would stil be a viable player in the NFL..

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    A guy who is 6’3″, 245 pounds, runs the forty in 4.41 and has a 47″ vertical leap? A guy who didn’t play his first year in the league because he was hurt, had his position changed and then was brought up from the practice squad in the second half of the season and was hurt after taking very few snaps, then released? That’s the guy you’re all so sure cannot play?

    I have no idea who he is, don’t know if he can play, have no idea if the workout is a courtesy deal for an agent or what, but I do know this: those are pretty impressive numbers in regard to athleticism. I think GOAT may have used some incorrect analogies (Pascoe? No. Brown? No, because everyone knew he was good before he was injured. Hill? I stated early on that he was going to be very good because he had all the tools and just needed to get his head right) but I think his larger point is correct. Why write this guy off and then get ecstatic about the athleticism of a 7th round pick? maybe this guy has something. We sure could use more talent on defense. He’s a long shot, but you never know.

    •  Krow says:

      No one is sure of anything … but he’s been through a cycle … and that weighs against him. That’s all I’m saying.

      •  Eric S says:

        We haven’t even signed the guy right? Who cares if we do? He has intriguing athleticism. For a potential bottom roster addition/camp fodder that’s just fine. He’s been through the injury cycle Krow, so durability weighs against him but that’s about it. No harm in taking a flier on a guy like this. I’ve seen many a poster here get worked up over bottom of the roster guys who are limited athletically and why the Giants need to replace them with athletic guys with upside. Well, if his measurables are correct then this guy fits the mold of athletic upside at the bottom of the roster.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Let’s hope he turns out to be a hidden gem. Doubtful, but hey, you and I are hoping Muasau turns into something based on nothing but his ethnicity and his speed/size measurables (and that a few coaches seemed intrigued by him). Seems that Seattle’s coaches were intrigued by this other guy, but injuries did him in.

        Hell, I don’t even know if that kid played college ball. All I know is a 4.41 and a 47-inch vertical leap is way out of the ordinary for someone that size. It may mean absolutely nothing. But it’s worth a look.

        •  Krow says:

          I hope the kid is the next Lawrence Taylor. But he’s spent 3 injury plagued years with the Seahawks. I’m assuming that they saw him in practice … evaluated him thoroughly … etc etc. So he’s not an unknown. Versus a late pick or a new UDFA that’s still a complete mystery on the pro level.

  8.  purorock says:

    Help Casey Sherman out with some editing, please.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    So Perry Fewell was mentioned as the best 4-3 defensive coach in the NFL by some pundit? Based upon what? Two years of abject failure?

    I will say this. My thinking has evolved over the past few months as I contemplate the evolution of the league. Fewell’s ideas may actually fit the moment, and Coughlin may have been quite shrewd in hiring him.

    I should say I absolutely HATE Fewell’s defense. It robs us of the thrill of always-aggressive football. It robs the stadium of the energy generated when a defense makes most of the third-and-long stands. It tires the defensive players who have to stay on the field for long drives. It’s frustrating to watch (and, I’m sure, to play).

    But offense is the name of the game today. Fewell’s defense, as I’ve said before, is designed to bend, not break; to force field goals rather than TDs; and to get turnovers. And that may be the best you can get out of your defense these days. Of course, the Giants seek to add their special sauce, which is to make the quarterback fear you because you have put him on his back so frequently. But in today’s NFL, a quick-release passing game is fearsomely difficult to defend since beyond those first five yards the receivers have such a huge advantage, and because the only way to begin to offset that is to flood zones with linebackers (or go with nearly perpetual nickel and dime defenses), leaving you very vulnerable to the run.

    So I’m starting to understand, if not like, Fewell’s approach. It will work if the offense scores enough, the kicking game helps create favorable field position (so drives must be long against his defense), and he has the players he needs to make the turnovers happen. He cannot afford to have someone like Corey Webster giving up numerous big plays in 2012. He cannot have corners and safeties who cannot play zone, read the QB and make quick breaks on the ball. He cannot have a front line that doesn’t pressure the QB into mistakes. And he cannot have a defense that cannot stop the run using primarily the defensive tackles and the MIKE.

    But if he has all of the above, his defensive approach CAN help win championships that will be won against the opponents AND against the NFL Competition Committee.

    Over the next month we’ll get to judge whether he has been given what he needs. Reese had made a good start with his FA signings, but he’s not there yet.

    •  Kevros says:

      I agree with you and I’m not a fan of PF.

      Steve’s reasoning was that Fewell shows the most creativity, moving people around etc. I’m assuming he was referring to Rolle playing nickel, Kiwi playing LB, the Nascar package, etc.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    Falcons give Brian Banks a chance

    By now, Brian Banks is used to waiting.

    He sat in prison for five years, punished for a crime he didn’t commit. Freed last May after the victim admitted she had falsely accused him, the former USC recruit has been trying patiently but persistently to get a shot at the NFL.

    Finally, he’s getting one.

    Jay Glazer of FOX, who has worked extensively with Banks to get him into NFL shape, reports that the Atlanta Falcons have signed Banks to a contract.

    Banks, a linebacker, received tryouts last year from the Seahawks, Chargers, and Chiefs. Eventually, he joined the UFL — and then the UFL promptly imploded.

    The NFL won’t be imploding any time soon. But the road for Banks remains steep.

    Teams may have up to 90 players on the roster in the offseason. He’ll now have to earn one of 53 regular-season spots or, failing that, one of eight jobs on the practice squad.

    But at least he finally has a chance. We wish him well as he tries to make the most of it.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/03/falcons-give-brian-banks-a-chanc/

    •  fanfor55years says:

      This kid’s story is unbelievable. I’m a serious contributor to The Innocence Project because of stories like his. A lying woman, a zealous prosecutor and a stupid judge combined to put this guy in jail for rape and take five years of his life away. And then he had to get the biatch to admit on tape that she had lied in exchange for money (she received a civil settlement while he got a prison sentence) so he could get out of a sexual predator category and resume a normal life. The wonder of it is that he isn’t really mad at anyone. He just wants to move on. Remarkable story. I really hope he makes it. Hard to believe he will, but you can always hope.

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