by Ryan Wilson
A day after the news broke that Giants wideout Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg, Sports Illustrated's Peter King, on NBC's Football Night in America, reported that "There's a $1 million part of money in guaranteed signing bonus due to Plaxico Burress on Dec. 10. The first real test of the Giants' love of Plaxico Burress is gonna be whether they pay him that million dollars 10 days from now."
Yesterday was Dec. 10 and the Giants opted to keep their million bucks. Which prompted union spokesman Carl Francis to announce that "We will file a claim in the appropriate forum to enforce his right to receive and keep the moneys entitled to him under his player contract."
Two days ago, the NFLPA filed a grievance after the Giants suspended Burress for the season, and according to Newsday, this latest issue will be handled separately.
The bigger issue, as King mentioned nearly two weeks ago, is what this all means for Burress' future in New York. General manager Jerry Reese sounds open to the idea, given Plax is willing to conform (good luck with that). If not, I'm guessing the Giants will cut ties and move on, and another team (anybody but the Redskins, apparently) will likely give Burress his next chance.
Merry Christmas, Peg Leg: Giants Decide Not to Pay Plaxico Burress His $1 Million Bonus originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Thu, 11 Dec 2008 13:40:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.