Is Burress really in a New York state of mind?

With not much else on the football radar Monday, the release of Plaxico Burress from prison stole our attention. Burress is now a free man (depending on how you view parole), and in the minds of many NFL observers, a return to New York is a very logical scenario.

The Jets have been linked to Burress, given the potential of losing Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith, and reportedly haven’t ruled out the possibility. Likewise, the Giants have said they will keep their options open.

It all makes sense, until you consider a return might not be in Burress’ best interest, and he might know as much. Where he stands on The City is easily the biggest unknown factor in the equation. After 20 months away to consider his self-inflicted gunshot wound and the NYC lifestyle, Burress might just be looking for a fresh start.

Consider the reasons we have to believe as much.

Sources close to Burress told Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News it isn’t likely the case  the receiver would return to New York. Former teammate David Diehl believes Burress will want to move on in his life. Brandon Jacobs, known to be Burress’ closest friend on the Giants, initially called it “out of the question” Burress would return to the Giants before backtracking on those comments on Sirius NFL Radio.

We’ve already taken a look at the speculative favorites for Burress, and our writers have chosen where they think he will eventually land.

Draw your own conclusions, but the presence of any other options could lead Burress out of New York, which few could argue is the wrong move given the heat he took on his way out the door the first time.

– Frank Tadych

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