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Plaxico Declines New Offer Before Grievance Hearing

From Mike Florio of

In the wake of the apparently abrupt decision of the Giants to cut receiver Plaxico Burress, a league source tells us that the team offered him a new contract aimed at resolving the pending grievance between player and team before Wednesday’s hearing.

Per the source, Burress declined the offer.

We’re told that, if Burress had accepted the deal, the team likely would have kept him for 2009, despite the current uncertainty regarding his legal status.

The postponement of a March 31 hearing in his criminal prosecution was viewed as a signal that a plea deal is coming. But we’ve heard that Burress is balking at any proposed bargain involving jail time. So unless he works out an agreement and enters jail right now or stands trial as soon as possible, it’s unclear when or if he’d be available to play in 2009.

The better approach at this point might be to attempt to engineer the court proceedings to allow Burress to play football in 2009, and then to stand trial or start a prison term after the season ends.

Even with such an approach, who’d be interested in a guy facing felony charges that could result in a mandatory minimum prison stay of 3.5 years? And even if a team is interested, we doubt that he’ll get anything more than the veteran minimum salary on a one-year deal.

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One Response to “Plaxico Declines New Offer Before Grievance Hearing”

  1. bartolis says:

    I knew there was a reason for the timing, I figured it had something to do with the greivance meetings.

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