Results of Plaxico Burress's Trial Are Out: The Worst News Possible?

Robert ZendzianCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress runs up the front steps toward members of the media as he arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an automobile dealer over what he owes in damages to a vehicle supplied to him by the dealership. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

The Giants heard about the worst news they could have heard today regarding their wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

After 16 minutes inside the court, Burress left without a plea deal. 

However, he did not leave after pleading not guilty. Burress’s attorney asked for the 31-year-old star to have more time to work with authorities to work out a plea deal that they could agree to.

According to ESPN’s reporter Sal Paolantonio, the negotiations between Burress and the Manhattan DA are at a standstill. Burress is attempting to avoid jail time so he can be re-instated and eligible to play for the 2009 season. 

However, Paolatonio reports that the DA’s goal is to see Burress serve at least some jail time that would keep him from playing in 2009.

Paolatonio also said, “There is going to be a plea agreement,” as Burress does not want a trial.

The question is, when will there be an agreement? 

Now, the Giants have to wait once again. March 31 seemed to be a day of hope for the Giants organization, as a day to that would give them a better idea as to whether or not Burress would be lining up at wide out this season.

The DA agreed to the extra time and the case has been adjourned until June 15.

For the Giants, this poses more issues. Burress will again be in court almost two months after the NFL Draft.

This delay is even worse than knowing Burress would not be around in 2009. The Giants will now go into the draft and through the rest of free agency with no clue as to what will happen with their No. 1 wide receiver.

It seems that this adjournment may be the end of Burress’s time in New York. It seems likely that the Giants may move on from Burress, assuming that he will do at least a year of jail time. 

If he comes back, he could be promptly traded for picks in the 2010 draft, or be part of a deal for another receiver.

While the Giants and Reese seem to have backed Burress, they also seemed to have been expecting answers today.

Since there was no answers, this could change the likelihood of bringing Plaxico back.