With recent rumors circulating from Yahoo Sports that the New York Giants may still be open to bringing their former (troubled) wide receiver Plaxico Burress back into the fold, I felt the need to express my strong opinion on the matter.
When news began to spread again that this could even be a possibility, my jaw admittedly dropped.
I couldn't believe that after Burress single-handedly sabotaged the Giants' chances of returning to the promised land, and Jerry Reese quickly cut him from the team, that his return would be contemplated by the organization.
Psychologically, the team has moved on.
By drafting two young receivers in Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, it seemed to the fans that Plaxico was now out of the team's long-term plans.
I commend the Giants for giving many players second chances to redeem themselves in the past, but in this circumstance, the possible destruction of team morale Burress could cause far outweighs the production he would provide on the field.
Just ask GM Jerry Jones of the Cowboys how T.O. panned out!
While I honestly believe that Plaxico Burress is not a bad person, just a person who has made foolish decisions, I am not going to attack Burress' image or character.
Besides, I think Plaxico has done a good job of that himself.
And let me make this clear; I am not denying the tremendous athletic ability, play-making skills and impact he had on the Giants, particularly in aiding the running game by absorbing double-teams.
This is a new season with a new team and it's time to turn the page. Manning is now unquestionably the leader and has plenty of trust in his young, yet unproven receiving corps.
General Manager Jerry Reese needs to dismiss these rumors by coming out and making it public that the organization is not interested in Burress. Doing so would lessen the impact of any distractions lingering as a side-effect in training camp.
Additionally, Burress would do more harm than good at this point. Manning has an opportunity to prove that he can live without Tiki, Shockey and Burress. He has a chance to call the team his own, and I look for him to rise to the occasion this season.
Some cynics believe that Burress has hid Manning's inadequacies during his four year stint with the team and that Manning will finally be exposed this season, but I would claim otherwise.
Also, if the Giants really become so desperate for a receiver in the early quarter of the season, trade talks could be resumed with the Browns for Braylon Edwards or even, dare I say it, Brandon Marshall of the Broncos.
To put things in perspective, it's still July! This is not the time to be panicking, considering the team hasn't even played one regular-season game yet.
There will be plenty of options available other than Burress at receiver if it becomes a real need as the season progresses. Until then, let's not worry too much.
Remember though, this is still the New York Giants we're talking about. As the greatest and most storied franchise in professional football, one player will not determine the team's future.