Strahan believes Burress should be slam dunk for Giants

At this point, Plaxico Burress could finish his stint in a New York jail as punishment for carrying a loaded handgun in Manhattan (and blowing a hole in his leg with it) before the NFL lockout ends.

When the lockout ends, one former New York Giants star believes the team should bring Burress back. Let’s temporarily forget about the bad position Burress put the team in when he decided to carry a handgun where he should not have been carrying one.

Michael Strahan says if he was running the Giants, if Burress got out at 4:00 he would be a Giant by 4:05.

“The best thing that happened to Plaxico was Michael Vick," Strahan said, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. "It showed that you did something, you serve your time and that you come out and play and there's redemption in it.

“Plaxico injured himself, so there would probably be a lot more leeway with him than there was with Michael Vick. If you can forgive (Vick), then you have to forgive Plaxico.”

What Strahan isn’t addressing is that at 33, Burress’ skills could be diminished to the point that he’s not nearly the performer he once was. Just because Vick did time and returned to be an arguably better player doesn’t mean Burress will make the same transition.

Plus, the Giants have added depth at the position since Burress’ departure even if Steve Smith is working his way back from microfracture knee surgery.

“He was Eli's safety blanket," Strahan said. "Without that combination, we don't beat the Packers in cold Lambeau, we don't win the Super Bowl without those two guys playing the way they did together.

“Plaxico's not a bad guy. He just made a bad decision, a dumb decision which cost him two years. I think he'll be back, hopefully with the Giants. But whoever gets him, he'll be an asset.”

Sounds to us like Strahan is living in the past.

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