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Plaxico Burress owes $59,241 in back taxes

Plaxico Burress,

Plaxico Burress, the 33-year-old former New York Giants receiver, listens to a question during a news conference, in New York, Monday, June 13, 2011. He will work with the National Urban League and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence after spending nearly two years in prison on a weapon possession charge. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


Plaxico Burress may have 59,000 more reasons to want to get back into the NFL.

Burress, the free agent receiver who has played for the Giants and the Jets, owes New York State $59,241 in back taxes, according to TMZ, via the New York Post.

The bill apparently comes from taxes that Burress failed to pay during the 2007 season with the Giants, which was one of his best NFL seasons. Burress caught 70 passes for 1,025 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns that year, and the Giants won the Super Bowl after that season.

Receiving NFL paychecks again this year would help Burress pay off that tax bill, but so far Burress has been surprised to find out that no one wants him. Unless the Seahawks decide they want to keep collecting aging receivers, Burress may remain unemployed.