New York Giants fans are apparently going to have to get used to the idea that Plaxico Burress will not be re-joining the team when he is released from prison on Monday. Giants' running back Brandon Jacobs, one of Burress friends and strongest supporters, said Thursday night there is "no chance" Burress plays for the Giants in 2011.
"There is no chance Plaxico Burress is a New York Giant after he comes home," Jacobs said while attending teammate Justin Tuck's celebrity billiards event in Manhattan.
"He isn't coming to the Giants," Jacobs added. "He's got options. I would love for him to be a part of the Giants. I don't think that is even on his plate."
Jacobs also told reporters that fans -- and former teammates of Burress with the Giants -- might have to get to facing him twice a year as a member of the rival Philadelphia Eagles.
"I would hate to see him go to where I think he is going to go, that is from talking to him," Jacobs said of the Eagles when asked if he was talking about Philadelphia. "It is pretty tough to deal with all those different combinations. Plax is a Virginia guy, Vick is a Virginia guy. They went through sort of the same things and they got a lot of dynamic players down there. It wouldn't be a bad thing, he thinks, to go down there."
In a poll at Big Blue View a few months back, a majority of fans supported a return to the Giants by Burress. Several players have also done that.
Justin Tuck did so emphatically Thursday during his charity event. Osi Umenyiora has spoken out in favor of a return. Retired star and ex-teammate Michael Strahan has done it. Giants lineman David Diehl supports Burress but believes that he would be better off with a fresh start elsewhere, which Jacobs seems to think is what he intends to pursue.
For Giants fans, the hardest part to stomach will be if Burress actually does join the Eagles.