The New York Giants arose as a potential suitor for troubled wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Now, it looks like Burress' other former team has joined the mix.
ESPN.com has reported that team and league sources have said that Burress could be returning to either the Giants or the Pittsburgh Steelers during what is sure to be the wildest free agency period in league history.
Burress reportedly plans to fly to Pittsburgh to meet with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin after having dinner with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin on Friday.
While Tomlin is expected to make a strong push for the four-time 1,000-yard receiver to rejoin the team that drafted him, sources also told ESPN that they believe only a "productive, fence-mending" meeting between Burress and Coughlin stands between the wide receiver heading back to New York and making more than $10 million over two years.
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who said that he had spoken to Burress, told ESPN.com that he'd like to see him back with the team.
"I know this team would love to see him back," Tuck said. "I don't see there being any other place for him to be (rather) than here in New York. But he has to do what's best for him and his family, and that's what I'd advise him to do."
Burress was drafted by the Steelers in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2000 NFL draft. He played in Pittsburgh for five seasons before joining the Giants in 2005. The 6-foot-5 receiver hasn't played in the NFL since 2008, though, due to a two-year jail sentence stemming from a weapons charge.
The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets have reportedly also shown interest in Burress.