Plaxico Burress' troubles are no longer the Giants'.
The team released the troubled wide receiver Friday afternoon, ending a four-year relationship that began when he was signed as a free agent before the 2005 season and reached a boiling point when Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg in a Manhattan night club in November. Burress was suspended for the final four games of the 2008 season after that incident and although Giants players and coaches said he would be welcomed back, the team decided to move ahead without him.
"I am an optimist, and I believe most situations can be worked out," general manager Jerry Reese said. "We hung in there as long as we could in hopes that there could be a resolution to this situation other than the decision we made today to release Plaxico. It wasn't to be, so now we have to move on. Like everybody else here, we want nothing but the best for Plaxico, and we are appreciative of the contributions he made to this franchise."
In his four years with the Giants Burress caught 344 passes for 3,681 yards and 33 touchdown passes. He caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII.
"Plaxico's contribution to our championship season in 2007 can never be underestimated or undervalued," Tom Coughlin said. "He displayed tremendous determination throughout that season. Having said that, I have always been as concerned about Plaxico as a man as I have been about him as a player, and my hope is that everything that has happened over the past several months represents a turning point. He is a young man with a family who has a whole lifetime ahead of him, and I personally wish him and his family well."