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GIANTS, BURRESS CLOSE TO A DEAL

The New York Giants and receiver Plaxico Burress are reportedly close to an agreement regarding the veteran wideout’s two-week suspension, which as imposed would have caused him to miss only one game. Per Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com, the suspension would be reduced to one week. Surprisingly, however, Burress would still miss the October 5 game against the Seahawks. The move shows, in our view, that the Giants are serious about convincing the locker room that there are real consequences for breaking the rules. Otherwise, Burress would have lost only his game check for the weekend without a game, and he would have been permitted to play next week. Under the proposed deal, the Giants would not attempt to seek repayment of any bonus money he received as part of his recent five-year, $30 million contract. Moving forward, the question is whether Burress and the Giants can co-exist. Given that the signing bonus he received was only $4.25 million, we wouldn’t be shocked if the Giants try to trade him, if Burress can’t get past the fact that the franchise chose to embarrass him publicly, and then opted not to accept his “family reasons” explanation for failing to show up for work.