Former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress is now a free man after being released from a prison in upstate New York on Monday morning. Burress served 20 months after accidentally shooting himself in the leg and being charged with illegally carrying and firing a gun.
The 34-year-old, even after being away from the game for so long, will likely draw interest from plenty of teams looking for value at wide receiver in what will be a short free agency window.
On his way out, Burress delivered a very brief statement to reporters following his every move.
“It’s a beautiful day. It’s a beautiful day to be reunited with my family. I want to go home and spend some quality time with them.”
But he didn’t go home, rather to Turning Stone Resort and Casino located near the prison. Burress was reunited with his family there, allowing a camera crew to tape the whole thing.
Even with the Kansas City Chiefs selecting Jonathan Baldwin in the first round of April’s draft, the team will still need to improve the corps of wide receivers, something Burress would no doubt provide. Don’t worry Kansas City, the gun-in-the-band-of-his-sweatpants playmaker won’t be coming to town.
On top of the shooting, arrest and time spent in jail, heading to a casino after immediately being released from prison doesn’t exactly scream “Chiefs Will”. If I’m Burress, it’s directly the airport and home to Florida.
There will be at least a few wide receivers in camp with the Chiefs that are not currently on the roster, but Plaxico Burress will not be one of them.