Eli Manning: Return of Plax would be a ‘good thing’

We spent time yesterday looking into the potential return of Plaxico Burress, and what type of market might exist for the receiver among NFL teams.

For now, it’s purely speculative. But when it comes to a return for Burress to the New York Giants, we’ve already heard a number of former teammates express openness to a reunion. The latest is Eli Manning, who appeared to invite the idea during an interview on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN 1050 this week, assuming the Giants believe Burress is committed to a return.

“I think the Giants will look hard into that,” Manning said, per sportsradiointerviews.com. “I think they know what kind of player he is. Obviously, he knows our system. It hasn’t changed. … If he proves that he’s kind of changed his life and shows he’s committed to the Giants … I think if that’s what the Giants feel, I know what kind of player he can be and we already have a great corps of receivers right now. … To throw him into the mix would be a good thing.”

Manning telling us that he’d like to have Burress return is probably the same line most of his teammates would drop. But that Manning said he thinks the Giants will give a Burress signing serious consideration is significant, because Manning is likely in-tune with the mentality of the Giants’ front office.

It makes sense that New York would at least kick the tires on Burress, given they know more about him than any other team, not to mention the fact that members of the organization have stayed in contact with Burress during his incarceration. The core question about Burress should be how much football he has left — he’ll be 34 at the start of next season — after so much time away from the game.

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