It has been almost two years since Plaxico Burress was a free man, let alone one of the most dominant wide receivers in the National Football League but on Monday morning the 33-year-old was released from prison. Burress spent the last two years incarcerated after accepting a plea deal stemming from a 2009 gun charge in a New York City night club.
After leaving the Oneida Correctional Facility just minutes before 9 a.m. ET, Burress was escorted by his lawyer to a nearby resort-casino, to meet up with his family. As he was flocked by reporters, Burress embraced his wife and two young children and even played with his two dogs for several minutes.
Burress had plenty to say to the reporters and said he would be ready for the upcoming NFL season, if they ever solve the lockout situation.
“I'd like to thank all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support. As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I'll be ready,” Burress said.
The former New York Giants receiver was wearing a throwback Philadelphia Phillies hat, which is significant as rumors have linked Burress and another Philadelphia team, the Eagles, in recent days. It began when Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, one of Burress’ best friends, said last Thursday that “there is no chance Plaxico Burress is a New York Giant after he comes home” and that he was looking for a fresh start, maybe with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Burress turns 34 in August and will become a free agent once the lockout ends. He was an eighth overall pick back in 2000 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, though he eventually joined the Giants as a free agent in 2005 and was a member of the 2008 Super Bowl Champion team.
He appeared in good shape during his interview and could come at a cheap price for any interested party. At 6-foot-5, he would instantly improve any team’s red zone offense due to his towering size and ability to hold onto the ball. But that is just what we remember from two years ago, it has been awhile since he’s been on the field.
Burress’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus has not ruled out any team but knows it's ultimately not up to him.
“We are going to be open to all 32 teams,” Rosenhaus told ESPN. “Ultimately this will be Plax's decision, not mine. I am here to help him pick the best spot and get the very best contract. And that is what we will do.”
For now, it seems as though he will enjoy his freedom before he starts to rejuvenate his career.
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