"Me and my agent have been trying to get it done so I can (be) a New York Giant for a long time," Burress continued. "I personally don't like the way it's going. I'm not happy about it and I'm going to choose not to participate."
But Burress said he and agent Drew Rosenhaus have taken the high road to this point.
"We're trying to handle it with class," said Burress, who estimated they've been in talks with Giants management for about two months. "But sometimes you have to stand up for what is right."
Unprompted early in an afternoon interview session that promised to center mostly on the Jeremy Shockey saga, Burress wanted everyone to realize that he didn't sit out of Wednesday's first practice during New York's three-day minicamp due to injury. Instead, he did so because he feels he's underpaid and wants the final three years of his original six-year, $25 million deal reworked and/or extended.
Asked if he'd go so far as to miss training camp time, Burress responded, "we'll have to see what happens when it comes around. I have a pretty good idea what I'll do."
Burress' strongest bargaining chip is that he was able to post well above-average numbers last season when he was basically playing on one leg. During the regular season, Burress caught 70 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 TDs.
"I sit back and look at myself and if I can go out and do the things I did basically on one leg and a half a knee in the Super Bowl, what kind of performance am I going to give when I'm 100 percent?" he asked, mostly rhetorically.
After Wednesday's afternoon practice, Giants GM Jerry Reese offered only a very brief statement that it was "internal business" and would be handled accordingly.
The Giants did receive some positive news on the potential holdout front when Osi Umenyiora, long rumored to be unhappy with his deal, basically said that there would be no training camp work stoppage on his part.
"I'm going to approach (training camp) the same way," he said.
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