The Giants’ decision to release WR Plaxico Burress is consistent with their stand as an organization. They have stood by guys with problems in the past time and time again.
At the same time, they’ve asked those players to adhere to a strict standard. I don’t think the Giants felt like Burress was doing all he could to get his life squared up. I think they were really offended by the fact that they couldn’t reach a financial agreement with him based on the grievance he has against the organization, even after they felt that they had made significant process with his agent on several occasions. When the agent — Drew Rosenhaus — brought it back to Burress, at least from what I’m hearing, it was turned down by Burress.
I think the Giants just said, “Enough is enough. If you’re not going to work with us, we can’t work with you.”
The Giants are really just playing the hand they were dealt — a player who is inconsistent, on and off the field. They were just looking for some consistency out of him from a character standpoint. I guess they felt like it was at a point where it was just the point of no return. He wasn’t going to change enough for their tastes — evidently he didn’t like what they were doing. They said, “You know what, we’re holding the cards. Good luck in your career.”
I’m surprised by this. I didn’t realize how hard they were working behind the scenes — both sides — to bridge this financial gap and come up with a solution. But what really demonstrates how much the Giants wanted to keep Burress — and stand behind him — was the fact that they were trying to get something done to avoid any type of hearing and to get the situation out and done with and move forward.
With Burress, they never felt like he would be able to move forward. He constantly put a door stop in front of everything.
— Bob Papa