Coughlin downplays interest in ex-Giant Burress

INDIANAPOLIS — Giants coach Tom Coughlin is at the NFL Scouting Combine to scout new players, but reporters all wanted to know about an old one, WR Plaxico Burress, who’s scheduled to be released from jail in June.

Coughlin doesn’t see a reunion between the Giants and Burress in the future.

“I don’t know that there would be any interest,” Coughlin said Friday before quickly taking the next question.

Burress hasn’t played since he accidentally shot himself in the leg with an illegal handgun in a Manhattan nightclub in November 2008. The Giants released Burress the next April.

Burress accepted a plea deal and began serving a two-year prison sentence in September of 2009. He is expected to be released this spring after serving 20 months.

Giants QB Eli Manning told “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN 1050 last month that he assumed the team would look into bringing back Burress, who caught the winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII.

“I think the Giants will look hard into that,” Manning said. “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.”

But Coughlin sounds like he’s singing a different tune.

Coughlin also was asked Friday about Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who said last month that his coach needed to chill out a bit and be more like Jets counterpart Rex Ryan.

Coughlin prodded back: “You should have seen me a few years ago.”

Marc Sessler

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