Giants Release Plax

Perhaps the Giants grew tired of waiting to learn Plaxico Burress' fate. Or perhaps they were just misleading us all along. The organization stated on more than one occasion during Plax's lengthy legal process that Burress was still a member of the Giants and that the club planned to wait until the legal process took its course. They didn't wait.

On Friday, the team opted to release Burress, who spent the past four seasons in New York, and was one of the most instrumental reasons that the won the Super Bowl after the 2007 season.

On Tuesday, Burress' case was adjourned until June 15. The Giants opted not to wait that long.

"I am an optimist, and I believe most situations can be worked out," Giants GM Jerry Reese said in a statement released by the team. "We hung in there as long as we could in hopes that there could be a resolution to this situation other than the decision we made today to release Plaxico. It wasn't to be, so now we have to move on. Like everybody else here, we want nothing but the best for Plaxico, and we are appreciative of the contributions he made to this franchise."

The status of Burress, 31, has been the subject of much conjecture since last Nov. 29, when he was wounded in an accidental shooting in a Manhattan nightclub. He was inactive for the Giants' victory in Washington the following day, then placed on the reserve/non-football injury list for the remainder of the season. The team also fined Burress and suspended him for four games for conduct detrimental to the team.

Burress is perhaps best known for catching the game-winning touchdown pass in the Giants' upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. In his four years with the Giants, Burress caught 344 passes, which places him 12th on the franchise's career list, one catch ahead of Earnest Gray and three behind Aaron Thomas. Burress had 3,681 receiving yards and caught 33 touchdown passes for the Giants.

"Plaxico's contribution to our championship season in 2007 can never be underestimated or undervalued," Tom Coughlin said. "He displayed tremendous determination throughout that season. Having said that, I have always been as concerned about Plaxico as a man as I have been about him as a player, and my hope is that everything that has happened over the past several months represents a turning point. He is a young man with a family who has a whole lifetime ahead of him, and I personally wish him and his family well."

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