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Signed on March 17, 2005; six years, $25 million
Almost five years to the day, Joe Buck's words are still engraved into my head.
"Manning, lobs it. Burress, alone. Touchdown New York!"
When the Giants brought Plaxico Burress over from the Pittsburgh Steelers and finally gave Eli Manning a big-time target to throw to, there was a lot of excitement with this deal.
It was the first time the Giants had spent big money to lure a No. 1 receiver to the team.
In his first season with the team, Burress caught 76 passes for 1,214 yards and seven touchdowns.
In 2007, Burress caught 70 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns.
His greatest catch was in Super Bowl XLII, when he beat Ellis Hobbs on a slant-and-go route. Manning threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Burress with 35 seconds left that put the Giants ahead for good.
Before 2008, Burress had agreed to a five-year extension for $35 million with the team, but then the nightclub incident happened in November 2008.
Burress shot himself in the leg, an injury that ended his season after the Giants suspended him for the remainder of 2008.
Burress was in jail from September 2009 until June 2011 for criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
After his release from prison, the Giants attempted to re-sign Burress, but he instead chose to sign with the Jets for more money.
Despite the incident, the Giants would have never won Super Bowl XLII without Burress, and he will forever be a part of Giants history with a game-winning catch.
To this date, he is the best free-agent signing in Giants history.