Plaxico Burress Joining New York Jets Is Good for New York Giants

Clay DefayetteCorrespondent IIIJuly 31, 2011

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 2:  Wide receiver Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers makes a one-handed 41-yard reception for a first down against cornerback Perrish Cox #32 of the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Giants fans may be disappointed that the team let Plaxico Burress switch over to green, but they shouldn't be.

It's time to move on from three years ago and build a team for the future. Eli Manning is looking ahead. Manning knew Burress was in the Giants facility and still didn't waste his time seeing him like Justin Tuck did. Rex Ryan and the Jets can have the 34-year-old receiver for $3 million guaranteed.

We've seen when Burress isn't motivated. It involves showing up late consistently and giving 100 percent when it's convenient for him. With that said, Big Blue still needs receiver help opposite of Hakeem Nicks.

The Giants should go after Malcom Floyd, a big receiver who's recently played in the league and has great jump ball skills. He's 29, five years younger than Burress, and he just averaged over 19 yards per catch. Floyd had six touchdowns in nine games started last season when all eyes were on him because of Vincent Jackson's holdout.

Braylon Edwards is a big play threat that could swap New Jersey teams, but Floyd would come at a cheaper cost. Don't bet on A.J. Smith, general manager of the Chargers, re-signing Floyd either. Starting alongside Hakeem Nicks would dismiss questions of Floyd not being a No. 1 target because it appears Nicks is growing into that role.

Even if Ahmad Bradshaw is re-signed, which he should be, the Giants will still be a pass first team and Malcom Floyd could help Manning toss less interceptions by having his big body in great position for his quarterback.