Some Plax, Spags News and Notes

From NY Daily News:

“The Giants have a big decision to make on Plaxico Burress this offseason. Just don’t expect them to make it anytime soon.

With Burress’ future – and freedom – in limbo pending his next court appearance on March 31, his future with the Giants is likely on hold until at least then. Giants GM Jerry Reese said today that, while he expects to talk with Burress sometime “soon,” he’ll likely see what happens in the courts before deciding whether the receiver is welcomed back on the field.

“He has some circumstances in his personal life that he needs to take care of,” Reese said. “If everything works out, you never say never. (But) the legal process can veto everything, so it really doesn’t make a lot of decisions prior to the legal process running its course.”

The problem with that, of course, is that the free-agent signing period starts at the beginning of March. And Burress’ next court date may not provide a resolution since he’s only scheduled to enter a plea. There’s still the matter of a trial, or a plea bargain, and any sentence he may receive. Plus he’s still likely facing a suspension from the NFL.

In other words, since Burress is facing a possibility of 3 ½ to 15 years in prison for possessing an illegal and unlicensed firearm, the decision may eventually be out of the Giants hands. So if Reese wants a receiver with a “presence” and “an uncommon skill set” like Burress has, the Giants might not be able to just wait around and hope he’s eligible to come back.

“I don’t think it would be very smart to put all your eggs in that basket,” Reese said. “We’ll try to address that situation through free agency, through the draft maybe. The Plax thing will take care of itself. Everything’s going to unfold right before our eyes.”

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Another unfolding situation, of course, is that of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who is still apparently in the running for head coaching jobs with the Jets and Lions. Reese was asked today if he’d consider making Spagnuolo a “head coach-in-waiting” – – promising him that he’d be Tom Coughlin’s successor – – if he agreed not to leave for another job.

“We consider everything here,” Reese said. “We try to consider everything.”

Now, he said it, but I don’t think he means it. I think it was just his way of giving a non-answer. The Giants had no interest in doing that last year when Spagnuolo was pondering an offer from the Redskins. They had no interest in doing it seven years ago when then-defensive coordinator John Fox was about to leave for the Carolina Panthers. And while I can’t rule it completely out, I’m told they have no interest in doing it now either.

It’s a dangerous game, since they have no idea A) when Tom Coughlin will retire, or B) whether Spagnuolo will still be an attractive alternative when Coughlin finally does.”


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