The New York Giants are in dire need of a wide receiver. It is speculated they will trade up for Percy Harvin or Jeremy Maclin in the draft. However, a few Giant players spoke on Plaxico Burress' behalf. Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Brandon Jacobs are among the players to speak out. Plaxico's size, speed, and hands are almost irreplaceable, especially with a rookie replacement.
Plaxico's skill is the main reason he is useful on the field. When Plax is on the field, defenses are forced to double cover him, leaving Amani Toomer, Steve Smith, or Dominik Hixon open. Plaxico faces up to 3.5 years in prison before trial. The Giants wouldn't have him for another four years, at the least.
Burress' teammates believe every one makes mistakes, and he deserves a second chance. More like his fourth or fifth chance. Boot him, sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and draft a durable, well mannered, good wide receiver. Plaxico Burress is poison in in the locker room, and will do no good. Let some other team have to deal with him.
As for the teammates who have supported him, it is time to let go. Burress isn't the athlete he used to be. The Giants should release, trade, or ban him from the stadium—whatever it takes to get Plaxico Burress out of New York and New Jersey.