The New York Giants released Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress on Friday, a little more than four months after the talented but troubled wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York nightclub.
Burress' four-year tenure with the Giants was highlighted by a game-winning touchdown catch in the Super Bowl against the previously undefeated New England Patriots in February 2008, but it also was dogged by fines and suspensions.
Burress' status has been uncertain since he shot himself in the thigh on Nov. 29 with an unlicensed gun he'd stuffed into his waistband. He faces a felony weapons charge that could put him in prison for at least 3 1/2 years if he's convicted.
Burress' case was adjourned Tuesday while his attorneys and prosecutors worked on a possible plea agreement. He is due back in court on June 15.
Burress, who was suspended by the Giants for the final four weeks of the season for conduct detrimental to the team and fined after the shooting, also faces possible NFL sanctions for violating its personal-conduct policy.
While this should not come as much of a shock to anyone, it is interesting now to ask where, if anywhere, Plaxico will play football next year. Who would be willing to take a chance on signing a receiver who could end put in prison for 3.5 years. His skill set would certainly be beneficial to the Eagles and would aid McNabb greatly, but there is just no way of the Philadelphia Eagles taking any chance at signing Burress.
FYI, for those wondering what happened to the Countdown Live Blog tonight, Olbermann was not it (David Shuster hosted), and seeing as JC does not live blog the Countdown episodes hosted by a guest host, I followed suit.