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Old 01-12-2009, 12:31 PM   #409
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Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 12, 2009, 2:30 p.m. EST

Despite trouble-prone wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ serious legal problems, the New York Giants aren’t slamming the door shut on his potential return next season.

Giants G.M. Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News following an upset loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday that Burress “absolutely” could return next season, and he acknowledged that the Giants weren’t the same without the big wideout on the field.

Burress remains under contract. His situation is complicated, though, by his impending March court date for gun charges after shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub along with his lengthy history of violating team rules and angering head coach Tom Coughlin.

Burress could also face punishment from the NFL league office for violating the Personal Conduct Policy.

Nonetheless, Reese isn’t crossing Burress off his list and plans to keep his options open. It’s worth noting that Reese took a similar open-minded stance with disgruntled tight end Jeremy Shockey prior to trading him to the New Orleans Saints even when Shockey was lobbying to be allowed to leave.

So maybe the goal here is to simply build some trade value for Burress.

“Obviously it’s hard to replace that,” Reese told the Daily News when asked about the impact to the passing game without Burress in the lineup. “The guy has a presence out there and when you lose that, teams play you differently. Your margin of error is way less when you don’t have a guy with that kind of presence out there. Your margin for errors goes way down so you have to capitalize on every opportunity you have.”
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