"I am an optimist, and I believe most situations can be worked out," Reese said in a press release a few minutes ago. "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."
From the start, it always seemed like Reese was more optimistic about Burress' future with the team than Coughlin. When I talked to Reese at the recent owners' meeting, he once again said the Giants would "play it both ways" with Burress. With today's decision, the Giants are under even more pressure to find a No. 1 wide receiver. It's hard to imagine finding that guy with the No. 29 overall pick, so a trade for Anquan Boldin or Braylon Edwards becomes even more of a possibility. With Burress gone, the Cardinals and Browns might be able to get more from the Giants.
I honestly believed Reese when he said the Giants wanted Burress to return. But maybe the recent postponement of his court hearing to June 15 pushed the club over the edge. So who will go after Burress? I assure that a handful of teams will line up to give him another shot.
Much, much more to come.
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