Coach Tom Coughlin didn't want him.
Coughlin, who has become far more tolerable in the past few years, grew tired of the way Burress handled himself. One source said that Coughlin felt that after winning the Super Bowl last February, on a game-winning touchdown reception by Burress, that the receiver lost the drive to be a good player.
That was as troubling to the Giants coaches as were his off-the-field issues, which included shooting himself in the thigh four months ago. Burress is facing charges for gun possession, and could be facing jail time, but this is as much about football as anything.
The Giants tired of his ways.
So now what? The Giants have young players in Steve Smith, Domenick Hixon, Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham. But none of those players is a go-to receiver. The Giants might draft a receiver with the 29th pick in the first round. A possibility could be Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt, who recently ran under 4.5.
There is a chance the Giants could make a trade. They did have conversations about Cleveland receiver Braylon Edwards in the past, but those talks broke down. Edwards has the skill to stretch the field, which the Giants lacked last year, so that is intriguing. He does drop a lot of passes.
One thing is certain: The Giants offense wasn't the same without the ability of Burress to stretch the field. Defenses squatted on their routes. They need help there. Somebody who can win in one-on-one coverage situations down the field has to identified.
Burress could win in those battles. It's a shame he couldn't win in the game of life.