Ex-Giant Plaxico Burress signs 1-year deal with Jets

NEW YORK - (AP) - Stuck in prison and his NFL career derailed,Plaxico Burress insisted he'd be back one day. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are giving him that secondchance. "I'm just grateful," a confident yet humble Burress saidSunday night. "I'm excited about the opportunity and I'm going togive them everything I've got because they put their trust in me tobe able to come in and contribute and have an impact." The former Super Bowl star with the Giants signed a one-yeardeal with the Jets on Sunday after recently being released fromprison after serving 20 months on a gun charge. Burress, who turns34 on Aug. 12, caught the game-winning touchdown in the Giants'upset of the unbeaten New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl,before his career derailed after he accidentally shot himself in aNew York nightclub later that year. "When something's taken away from you that you love, you knowyou love it more," he said. "You learn that playing in thisbusiness is definitely a privilege. I definitely miss being awayfrom the game and the guys and being able to compete every Sundaywith the best athletes in the world." Now, the Jets are hoping Burress can revive his career the wayMichael Vick did with the Eagles. Vick served 18 months in prison for his involvement in adogfighting ring before returning to football in 2009. He was easedback into things by the Eagles before taking over as the startingquarterback last year and capping a terrific season by beingselected as the AP's Comeback Player of the Year. Burress has a chance to make even more of an immediate mark forthe Jets. He'll join the recently re-signed Santonio Holmes as oneof Mark Sanchez's top receivers. "I've never played with a guy on the other side of me who wasthat explosive," Burress said of Holmes. "It's going to be fun. Ithink we're going to drive some defensive coordinators crazy -which way they want to roll their coverage in certain situations,in the red zone, so it'll be interesting to see how teams match upagainst us." ESPN first reported the deal, saying it is for more than $3million fully guaranteed. Burress was at the airport in Los Angeleson his way to a meeting with the San Francisco 49ers, ESPNreported, but canceled that trip when the Jets contacted him. Heagreed to come back to New York, but in green and white this time,without even visiting with the Jets or speaking to Rex Ryan. "There was no sales pitch needed," he said. "You just look atall the pieces that are in place. You get a chance to compete for aworld championship every year, play for a great organization, playwith a great quarterback. I get to play beside Santonio Holmes anda future Hall of Famer in LaDainian Tomlinson." Burress also appreciated how owner Woody Johnson and generalmanager Mike Tannenbaum met with him in 2009, despite his legalsituation being uncertain at the time. "They were really the first team to support me with everythingthat I had going on at that time," he said, "and it just feltright for me to be able to come here with everything that I hadgoing on a couple of years ago, to have those guys approach me inthe way that they did I just felt I made the right decision."

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