Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was released from jail this morning, after serving 20 months behind bars on gun charges.
“It’s a beautiful day,” Burress said as he left Oneida Correctional Facility, a minimal security prison in upstate Rome, NY. “It’s a beautiful day to be reunited with my family. I want to go home and spend some quality time with them.”
Wearing a Philadelphia Phillies hat (that should help the rumors that have Burress signing with the Eagles this year), Burress, 33, thanked God and “all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support.”
“To miss two NFL seasons in the prime of your career, to not be with your family, most importantly, to lose out on millions and millions of dollars – these are things that have forced him certainly to evaluate his life,” his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said.
As for the possibility that Burress would sign with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets, it should be noted that the Jets called Rosenhaus in 2009, before Burress was locked out, to inquire as to the WRs availability. Should the Jets lose Braylon Edwards, look for Burress to come in for a workout.
“There are going to be multiple teams interested in signing him,” Rosenhaus said. “I expect him to get a good contract. I expect him to absolutely be playing.”
While partying in Manhattan, Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh with an unlicensed gun, which was resting in the waistband of his pants.
Burress eventually agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released Monday, three months and four days early, for good behavior.