Wide receiver Plaxico Burress has agreed to a contract with the New York Jets, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The one-year deal is worth $3 million and is totally guaranteed, sources said.
Burress, who will turn 34 in August, was released from prison in June after spending nearly two years in jail on a weapon possession charge.
The 33-year-old former New York Giants andPittsburgh Steelers receiver met with both teams and reportedly with the San Francisco 49ers before deciding to join the Jets.
Burress caught the winning touchdown in the 2008 Super Bowl as the Giants stunned the Patriots, dealing New England its only loss that season. Nine months later, his unlicensed handgun accidentally went off in a Manhattan nightclub, striking his thigh. The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived. His license to carry a concealed weapon in Florida had expired in May 2008.
Burress is on parole for two years. He has to get and keep a job, undergo substance abuse testing, obey any curfew established by his Florida parole officer, support his family and undergo any anger counseling or other conditions required by his parole officer.
Selected eighth overall in the 2000 draft, he has 505 receptions for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns in nine seasons.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
It appears likely that Plaxico Burress will be playing for one of his two former teams, the New York Giants or the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to team and league sources.
After a dinner with Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Friday night, Burress plans to fly to Pittsburgh to meet with coach Mike Tomlin, sources said.
Sources believe only a productive, fence-mending meeting between Burress and Coughlin stands between the wide receiver rejoining the Giants and making more than $10 million over two years. The Giants have talked of paying Burress in the range of $10.5 million over two years, approximately 60 percent in salary and bonuses with the balance earned on play-time performance and incentives. Terms remain negotiable, sources said.
However, Tomlin expects to make his own strong sales pitch for Burress to join the Steelers, who made him a first-round draft choice out of Michigan State in 2000, sources added.
The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets also have expressed varying degrees of interest in Burress, according to sources.
Burress traveled to New York on Tuesday night via a private jet courtesy of billionaire Seth Bernstein, who is serving as an unofficial broker between the wide receiver and the Giants, sources said. Bernstein is CEO of Empower Software Solutions and is a friend of Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.
After serving nearly two years in prison ex-Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was released from prison at 9 a.m. Monday morning. In November of 2008, a handgun that was tucked in Burress’ sweatpants, slipped and fired a shot into his thigh as he tried to grab the gun in a New York City nightclub. He began his sentence in September of 2009 and was released three months early for good behavior. He is set to travel to his home in Florida with his wife and two children, who he was overjoyed to be reunited with.
Now that Burress is free he will be on parole for two years, he has to undergo substance abuse testing, obey the curfew and rules set by his parole officer including anger counseling, support his family, and get this he must get and maintain employment. So speaking of employment what does the future hold for Burress? Once the lockout is lifted he will become a free agent, and his agent Drew Rosenhaus believes he will be a highly coveted acquisition. Burress kept in shape as well as he could in the facility running, jogging, lifting weights etc. and he has an undeniable talent but there’s still the fact that he hasn’t played football in nearly three years and he is turning 34 years old. Despite the factors weighing against him there are still many teams likely to acquire Burress including the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles. Burress says he is keeping his possibilities open to all 32 teams yes including the New York Giants. Personally I would love to see him return, the Giants haven’t made it to the postseason since Burress caught the game-winning touchdown in the Superbowl against the New England Patriots during the 2007 season. The reunion however looks unlikely but we’ll all have to wait and see what happens once the lockout saga is over.