Plaxico Burress Is a No-Brainer For The New York Giants

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2011

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress winks at a supporter as he arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an automobile dealer over what he owes in damages to a vehicle supplied to him by the dealership. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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Before I begin spewing about Plaxico Burresspotential reunion with the Giants, let me start with a bit of a disclaimer:

I am not, in any way, shape or form defending Burress' actions that sent him to jail. He broke the law, plain and simple.

With that being said, why wouldn't Giants' fans be ecstatic about Burress's possible return?

Let's tackle the most obvious reason: he endangered himself and others by carrying an unlicensed handgun into a club, resulting in jail time and a tremendous loss for the Giants.

I don't know about you guys, but I can deal with that charge.

Players all around the league have bodyguards and carry concealed weapons around for protection.

In addition, even though Burress did not have a New York permit for the gun (where the incident took place), it was registered in Florida, which attests to the fact that it was for protection purposes.

The bottom line is that Burress broke a law and given the circumstances, it's not impossible to empathize with the guy for trying to protect himself. Despite this, he indeed did pay his dues.

Burress is not an angel, but he's certainty not comparable to Michael Vick (and it seems as if Philadelphia fans have forgotten about his jail time after his 2010 performance).

For me, the question is less of what Burress did wrong and more of what he can bring to this Giants squad. When you think about that, it becomes a no-brainer.

I've been saying that the Giants have one of the best wide receiving corps in the league.

Having Burress, Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham would spring the Giants offense to scary good.

I just can't get out of my head Burress predicting the Super Bowl XLII score and Tom Brady scoffing at it.

Lo and behold, Mr. Burress caught the game winnnning touchdown in one of the top two Super Bowl upsets of all time.

So, yeah, I think we should give this guy another chance.