Eli Manning passes on chance to stump for Plaxico Burress

Drew Rosenhaus is going to shop Plaxico Burress to the 32 teams of the NFL, but it seems unlikely his last employer will want him back.

The New York Giants released the veteran wide receiver more than two years ago, before it became clear he would be locked up before he would get a chance to compete on the gridiron again. The Giants moved one, and while some like running back Brandon Jacobs have spoken up on his behalf, others apparently aren’t as enthusiastic about one of the team’s top performers in the Super Bowl upset of the New England Patriots.

Count quarterback Eli Manning as one who doesn’t seem interested in the Giants adding Burress back to the mix.

It’s not up to me,” Manning said, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “So we’ll see what happens.”

That’s not much of an endorsement right there. OK. Does Manning himself want Burress back?

“I don’t know,” Manning replied. “It’s not up to me.”

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