Star Giants Wideout, Plaxico Burress, has not received the contract extension he’s been looking for, nor has there been any progress on reaching an agreement, according to reports. Burress has three years left on his contract; he will earn 3.25 million next season. By comparison, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens receive nine million a year. “I know I’m one of the best players at my position in this league,” Burress said to the NY Daily News. “I’m just going to go out and keep doing what I’ve been doing and have the best year of my career. As long as you go out and perform, and I guess you go out and prove yourself to people all over again that you are a great player, then everything will take care of itself. He is practicing lightly, due to an injured ankle. It’s the same ankle that plagued him last year, this time injured during an offseason workout.
Plax needs to be paid. Remember how he played the whole season basically on one leg? Or how he caught the Super-Bowl winning touchdown? Or how he almost single-handedly beat the Packers in the NFC Championship game? He has to be paid, and paid amongst the top receivers in the league. What does he have, that both T.O. and Moss don’t have? A Super-Bowl Ring.
Plax might be another diva receiver. But he’s a great one. And, without him, who do the Giants look to fill his shoes? Amani Toomer? Good, but only half of what he once was? Steve Smith? Talented and had a great Super Bowl, but is young and already injury-prone. David Tyree, Super Bowl Hero? Let me answer that question with a question: Did any non-Giant fan hear of him before ‘the catch’? Mario Manningham? Rookie, won’t, nor shouldn’t, be counted on. Jeremy Shockey? Off to the Big Easy. And there’s no need to bring Sinorice Moss into this discussion.
Of course, Plax will play this year, as he is under contract and we all know he plays hurt. Memo to GM Jerry Reese: give him the contract he deserves.