General manager Jerry Reese says the Giants are serious about their interest in a potential reunion with Plaxico Burress.
Burress will meet with head coach Tom Coughlin, Reese and likely owner John Mara on Friday night at the Giants team facility. Free agents are permitted to visit facilities starting at 6 p.m.
"We wouldn't bring him in here just for the fun," Reese said in an interview on the Ruocco and Lundberg show on ESPN New York 1050. "We don't operate like that. We do our due diligence. We thought it was in our best interest to investigate things. He's got a meeting with Tom tonight and we will see what comes out of that meeting and we will move forward from there. That meeting is probably the most important issue right now."
Reese has been working on other issues. One of them has been Brandon Jacobs' contract. Sources confirmed that the Giants were able to restructure the deal to free up more salary cap space. The New York Daily News is reporting that Jacobs can earn back the money he sacrificed through incentives. His base salary was slated to be $4.65 million for this season.
And then there's Burress. The Giants want to see where their old wide receiver is mentally. Mara said yesterday on the Mike Lupica show on ESPN New York 1050 that Burress and Coughlin must be able to get over their past and the painful breakup they had. When Burress shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub, he basically destroyed the Giants chances of repeating as Super Bowl champs in 2008. Burress made critical comments about his relationship with Coughlin as recently as June.
"Tom and Plaxico, they'll talk it out," said Reese, who has spoken to Burress by phone. "If it is a good conversation, if they think they can co-exist, then we will move forward with the process. But I can't speak for Tom. They'll talk man-to-man and we'll see where it goes."
"I think he is a person who has been scarred by this situation," Reese added of Burress' time in prison. "He made a bad decision and has paid the price for it and I think he wants to make amends for it and get on with his life."
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.