As Plaxico Burress' reunion with the world of the National Football League continues, another team might need to be stricken from the list of possible suitors for the wide receiver — his most recent, your very own the New York Giants.
In a reportedly one-hour interview with ESPN's Steven A. Smith, Burress, the receiver who caught the winning pass in Super Bowl XLII, seemed to place the prospects of a return to Big Blue as less than slim.
"My situation in New York, me and my coach had an ambivalent relationship to say the least," Burress said at the National Urban League headquarters where he held a press conference to promote gun safety. "Some things that I didn't agree with, with the way he went about things. And the only way to show my way was to just rebel. Is that who I am? No."
Burress continued to say that he doesn't think he really "was in a happy place" during his time with the Giants. He didn't rule out a potential to return to New York, though, as he admitted to being enticed the Jets.
"It's been thought about," Burress said when pressed on the idea of joining the Jets. "I am not going to sit here and front. For me to go to one side to the other side and win a championship in the same (city), how many people have done that? And do I have the capability to lead a team to a championship? Without question."
The other intriguing nugget from the interview was Burress' refutation of the report that he missed 40 to 50 meetings during his time with the Giants. Burress also disputed a report saying he was fined nearly $500,000 in his Giants career.
"That is inaccurate," Burress said. "I missed a few meetings. There is no way possible. There is no way I missed 40 or 50 meetings in the four years I was there."
True, Eli. True.
In today's version of 'This Is What We Call Lockout News,' the Giant quarterback discussed the workouts the team held at Bergen (N.J.) Catholic High School last week during an appearance at Mount Kisco (N.Y.) Country Club for the 34th annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic. Manning said the workouts weren't "great work," but stressed the benefits of finding an alternative to the team remaining idle during the lockout.
"It's not great work but it's better than doing nothing,'' Manning said. "It's really to kind of get some of the younger guys out there and get Jerrel [Jernigan, a third-round draft pick] and some of the draft picks, Prince [Amukamara] and those guys, kind of get them to meet some of the guys, learn a little bit of the terminology."
Manning added that getting down the timing with his receivers isn't a huge concern, and also discussed his thoughts on the current state of the lockout.
"You get worried you don't know how long this lockout is going to be, if it goes too long [the rookies will] never be able to catch up and it will be a wash of a year for them, so you're trying to prevent that."
Keith Bulluck started eight games at linebacker for the Giants last year after spending 10 seasons with the Tennessee Titans. Now, along with the Giants and the New England Patriots, Bulluck is saying he'd like to play for the Detriot Lions, where former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will enter his third season as head coach.
"First and foremost, New York because they gave me an opportunity to come and continue my career, really get healthy, where I needed to be," Bulluck said when asked about his preferred landing spots in an interview today on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Detroit. I like what Schwartz is doing up there. Last year, I wasn't prepared physically to play and do the things that they would need me to do, but now I feel I am. New England is always veteran-friendly, and I know, every year, they're in contention of winning.
Bulluck added that since he and his family are "fine" financially, winning is his main priority. The 34-year-old 12-year veteran may be somewhat deluded, though, with his contract demands.
"Like I say, I want to win, really. At this point in my career, financially, me and my family are fine. But I definitely would like to be in a position to play myself into maybe possibly being one of the top-paid linebackers in the league again. Definitely one of the top players in the league."
Less than a week after former Giant star Michael Strahan voice his support for the issue, owner Steve Tisch will become the next professional sports figure to lend his support to the New York Marriage Equality campaign. The association will reportedly release another PSA with Tisch sometime later in the week.