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Plaxico Burress Leaves Door Open To Giants, Says ‘I Love New York’

Plaxico Burress (credit: AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

Plaxico Burress (credit: AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Last week, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said there was “no chance” Plaxico Burress would return to New York once freed from prison on a gun charge.

The Philadelphia Eagles were thought to be the former Giants star’s preferred destination, an idea bolstered by the Phillies cap Burress donned upon his release.

How quickly things can change.

“You never know what may happen,” Burress told the Wall Street Journal in his first post-jail interview Friday. “I love New York. My fan base has always supported me there, and I’ve had teammates there who I’ve shared special moments with outside of football.”

Why the sudden change of heart? For starters, a report from The Associated Press on Wednesday stated “a person familiar with (the Eagles’) thinking (said) Burress isn’t in their plans.”

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and several other Eagles have said they’d welcome Burress to Philadelphia.

“Absolutely it would be a great addition for our team,” Vick told WIP radio last month. ” I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger.”

Another New York team may look to make a play for Burress. The Jets, already linked to Randy Moss, could look to fill a need with the receiver if they lose Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards or Brad Smith to free agency.

Burress’ interview centered mainly on the nearly two years he spent in prison, time that the receiver said took an “emotional toll.”

“There is nothing pleasant about prison,” Burress said. “There’s so much I can tell you and (at the same time) no one thing I can put my finger on. … There were definitely some guys I was around who’d done things that made me say, ‘Really, seriously, I am here?'”

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