The New York Giants recently started their mandatory minicamps last week, and but wide receiver, and my favorite player, Plaxico Burress didn’t dress out.
That’s because the star player is reportedly holding out for more money.
Now, I’m usually not one to argue that the incredibly well-paid athletes should be given more money, since so many of them make a ridiculous amount anyway, but in this case I will.
Was he or was he not the team’s best receiver last season, with 70 receptions for 1,025 yards, an average of nearly 15 yards per carry and 12 touchdowns? That’s practically a down with each carry and he almost had a TD in every game.
And let’s not forget, he caught the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl last February, as the Giants took down the previously undefeated and heavily favored New England Patriots.
True, it was his only touchdown in the post season, but it was a pretty big one.
Did he or did he not guarantee the win?
Need you be reminded that he played in every game, despite barely practicing because of a knee? A knee that could have been injured worse by playing instead of resting it?
Come on, now don’t be cheap on Plax. To play on an overly used phrase: Show him the money.
You’ve already lost a key defensive player in Michael Strahan when he retired last week. Keep Plax so at least your offense will stay intact.
He and quarterback Eli Manning played well together — do you really want to have to go through practice and a whole season of Eli getting used to another receiver?
Look, I know he’s still under that six-year, $25 million deal, which included $8.25 in guaranteed bonuses and a $5 million signing bonus, but he’s worth it. He was supposed to make $14.6 million in his first three years, right?
This was his third year with you and he brought you a championship.
You’re not broke. You’re the New York Giants. You have the money, just give it to him. He’s good for it. Besides, he does good things for his hometown and our old high school — Green Run High School in Virginia Beach.
Every year, he visits the athletes, has Thanksgiving with them and gives them uniforms and warm-up gear. How sweet is that?
You see, it’s not like he’s a prima donna superstar — Chad Johnson.
And he doesn’t get into trouble — Pacman Jones.
And he doesn’t fight dogs — you know who.
Your camp said he’s not practicing because of his knee, but he’s reportedly fine.
Because of the time off, his knee is probably better and will be better by the time season starts. If he did so well for you last season, don’t you think a healthier Plaxico Burress would be a lot more productive?
The NFL is so willing to play rookies millions and millions of dollars, why not pay the veterans who have done well for you just as much?
Just negotiate a good contract so all of us will be happy.