Former NFL star Plaxico Burress has finally been released from jail, but it still may be a while before he finds out if anyone wants him back on the football field. Burress pleaded guilty to firearms charges after accidently shooting himself in the leg with an illegal gun at a nightclub in 2009. He served 22 months in prison as part of his plea agreement with prosecutors
After his release, Burress told reporters the first thing he wanted to do was “be reunited with my family. I want to go home and spend some quality time with them.” He also thanked his fans around the world “for their unwavering support.”
Returning to the NFL, however, is something Burress will be thinking about. “If and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I’ll be ready,” Burress said.
“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,” Burress’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in a press statement.
Still, even after missing two seasons and with his criminal record, Rosenhaus expects Jacobs will have “multiple teams interested in signing him.” Rosenhaus said he absolutely expects Jacobs to be playing for some NFL team soon — even his old tea, the New York Giants. “I wouldn’t rule out the Giants, I wouldn’t rule out any club,” Rosenhaus said.