FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Plaxico Burress has decided to reboot his career with the New York Jets, agreeing Sunday morning to a reported one-year deal worth a little over $3 million.
Burress was released from prison on June 6 after serving 20 months for a gun charge. The wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York City night club on November 29, 2008. He agreed to a plea deal for lesser firearms charges and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released early for good behavior.
It was quite the fall from grace for Burress, who caught the winning touchdown pass as the New York Giants denied the New England Patriots' bid for a perfect season in Super Bowl XLII.
The soon-to-be 34-year-old joined the Giants in 2005 after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who took the Michigan State product with the eighth overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft.
For his career, Burress has caught 505 passes for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns.
"I was just going with my heart, just putting myself in the best situation for me and being able to compete for a world championship and to become a part of a great organization with a great coach," Burress said. "These guys have a great team on deck and it was just something that I wanted to be a part of. I feel like they have something special over here and I just wanted to be a part of it and hopefully we can do some great things."