Burress wins grievance against Giants

It was ruled that Plaxico Burress is entitled to his entire $4.25 million signing bonus. (Louis Lanzano / Associated Press)

It was ruled that Plaxico Burress is entitled to his entire $4.25 million signing bonus. (Louis Lanzano / Associated Press)

The Giants released Plaxico Burress on Friday, but they’ll still be paying the troubled wideout some of the money owed to him from a $35 million contract signed prior to the start of the 2008 season.

According to various reports, the Newark Star-Ledger says a judge has ruled in Burress’ favor in a dispute over $1 million of a $4.25 million signing bonus.

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The ruling means Burress can keep all of his $4.25 million signing bonus from the contract extension he signed before last season’s opener. The Giants had withheld a $1 million deferred payment of that signing bonus — money that will now have to be paid.

On Friday, NFL Network and Giants play-by-play host Bob Papa suggested the Giants’ decision to part ways with Burress was impacted by the receiver’s unwillingness to negotiate what they considered to be a fair financial agreement regarding the withheld money.

“I don’t think the Giants felt like Burress was doing all he could to get his life squared up,” Papa said. “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.”

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