In February 2008, Plaxico Burress and his teammates effectively conquered evil. The 17-14 victory in Super Bowl XLII was capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass with under a minute remaining to the big play wide receiver. The Patriots "perfect season," marred by scandals and cutting corners to gain advantages in every way possible, was ruined.
And let's face it, as Jets' fans, you all loved it -- I know I did. That was one of the three greatest moments I have witnessed as a sports fan and the guys in green weren't even playing. But Team Karma was playing against Team Evil, and good prevailed.
Burress was released from Oneida Correctional Facility today and will likely be entering the free agent market when it opens up again upon conclusion of the Lockout. Remember, the Giants cut him in 2009 after the incident, so he is free to pursue whichever team he chooses to.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus shared some thoughts earlier with the media (per ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk).
"I wouldn't rule out any team, I wouldn't rule out the Giants, I wouldn't rule out any club," Rosenhaus told reporters. "I really won't talk about specific teams because I don't want to hurt his position. As far as the Giants, my personal opinion is he wouldn't rule them out. I certainly wouldn't.
"We are going to be open to all 32 teams," Rosenhaus added. "Ultimately this will be Plax's decision, not mine. I am here to help him pick the best spot and get the very best contract. And that is what we will do."
I have been on record since midway through last season saying that I didn't think Edwards and Holmes would be back playing alongside each other in the 2011-12 season. This is unfortunate, as the Jets 3-WR set with Holmes-Edwards-Cotchery has the potential to be one of the best in the NFL since they have had time to jell now.
It's hard to have two players that both want to be the go-to 'WR1,' and the inevitable return to a salary cap makes this scenario even more difficult. And now, it appears that teams will no longer be able to protect their free agents with restrictions when the market opens back up. Re-signing Edwards seems difficult: It's either him or Holmes, in my eyes.
Plaxico will be motivated, as Michael Vick was, to change the public's current image of him and go out and make plays for his new team. I believe he knows he has moved out of his 'prime' years and will have no problem playing alongside Holmes. He has excellent hands, is a great route runner and I still believe he has a couple of vertical routes left in him.
If the Jets can't make it work with Edwards, I love the idea of Plaxico wearing green for one or two years. Other teams can pursue the likes of Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens, but I would love Burress over the rest of the receivers that will be available on the market for the 2011-12 season.
So what say you, GGN? I leave you with this: "Touchdown, New York!"