NEW YORK (WPIX)—The weapons possession case against ex- New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has been adjourned until September, and his agent is now making a case to get his client back on the field come this fall.
Burress appeared in court Monday, accompanied by his wife Tiffany Burress and his attorney Benjamin Brafman where Judge Felicia Mennin adjourned the case until Sept. 23.
Shortly after the case was put on the back burner, Burress' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, took to his Twitter account announcing upcoming plans for his client.
"Now that the legal process is on hold, we are hoping to have a deal in place with a team for Plex before training camps start," Rosenhaus said via Twitter.
Burress' legal woes began over six months ago when he shot himself in the thigh with an unlicensed gun on Nov. 29 in a Manhattan nightclub. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and faces up to 3½ years in prison.
Burress has pleaded not guilty and is free on $100,000 bail.
According to Brafman, a New York-based criminal defense attorney who has defended other high-profile figures including rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, said several teams were trying to sign his client, and "physically he's in the best shape of his life and he's ready to play."
Burress scored the game-winning touchdown for the Giants in the 2008 Super Bowl. He is a free agent after the team released him April 3.
Though Burress is free to sign with any team, the unresolved legal matter could make teams reluctant to add him to their roster. In addition, even if he ultimately does not serve any time in jail on the weapons charge he could face disciplinary action by the NFL under the league's personal conduct policy.
The Giants had signed Burress to a five-year, $35-million contract extension in September. The team later withheld $1-million after the shooting and the NFL Players Association filed a grievance on Burress' behalf. A special master ruled that the Giants had to pay Burress because the money was a signing bonus he earned upon agreeing to the contract extension and could not be withheld for future conduct.