With Plaxico Burress Gone, the Giants Have Three Ways To Go

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Wide receiver Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants celebrates after catching a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  The Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The New York Giants have announced today that they have released wide receiver Plaxico Burress after four seasons with the team.

The Giants and Burress always had their feuds with one another, and the situation just got worse in late November when Burress shot himself in the leg. This resulted in him missing the rest of the season, getting suspended by the Giants, and totally wrecking the Giants' offensive chemistry and game plan.

So with the Burress gone, the Giants have three ways to go.

Option No. 1—Trade for Braylon Edwards

When Plaxico Burress was not playing during the end of last season, you could notice that the Giants had lost their downfield threat.

Defensive backs no longer had to double team anyone, and could play one-on-one with any of the Giants' receivers.

Considering that that didn't work for the Giants, they must get a big body guy, like Burress, who can be a solid downfield threat for Eli Manning.

This guy could be Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards.

Edwards is somewhat the same player as Burress. (I mean, they both even wear No. 17.) They are both big guys who can go up and bring the ball down, and that's what the Giants need.

Edwards would become Manning's go-to guy and would be his No. 1 target.

Yet, if the Giants do trade for Braylon Edwards, they should not put Steve Smith in that package. He is too valuable and too much of a threat on third down for the Giants to let him go.

Option No. 2—Draft Hakeem Nicks

Just like Braylon Edwards, Hakeem Nicks can fill that role the Giants need, which is  bringing in a big body guy who can stretch the field vertically.

Nicks already showed that he has great hands when he made that ridiculous catch in North Carolina's bowl game. Burress would sometimes drop some critical passes, and if Nicks can bring in most of the balls thrown in his direction, the Giants will be set.

Also, many analysts and critics compare Nicks to Michael Irvin. Being a Giants fan, that does hurt a little bit, but Irvin was a very good player and Nicks has the talent to be that great as well.

The Giants pick 29th overall in this year's NFL Draft, and Nicks should still be on the board by that time. If he is, the Giants must react quickly and select him before it gets too late.

Option No. 3—Trade Up and Draft Michael Crabtree

Although this possibility is a little bit of a stretch, it could happen.

The Giants have 10 draft picks coming into the draft and plenty of talent that other teams are looking for.

If New York can get a deal with a team drafting between fifth and 10th overall, the Giants will have a great chance of landing Texas Tech star Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree was the best wide receiver this past season in college football. He has great potential, and if he can bring that talent into the NFL, he can become one of the game's elite players.

He, like Edwards and Nicks, can be that wide receiver the Giants need and can be a huge target for Eli Manning to throw to.

The only blemish facing Crabtree is that he is entering the NFL Draft with a foot injury, which he sustained a few months ago. He should be healthy and ready to go by the time mini-camp and training camp roll around.

So, if the Giants want to succeed and bring back the huge wide receiver that Plaxico Burress was, they must follow one of these paths.