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NFL Reinstates Former Giants Receiver Burress After Jail Term

July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress has been reinstated by the National Football League after almost two years in jail on gun charges.

The NFL said before Burress was incarcerated in 2009 that he would be reinstated upon his release, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail.

Burress, who is allowed to start visiting teams at 6 p.m. New York time today, plans to have dinner with Giants coach Tom Coughlin and then may go to Pittsburgh to meet with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, ESPN reported, citing people it didn’t identify.

The Giants may pay Burress about $10.5 million over two years, about 60 percent in salary and bonuses with the rest earned through playing-time and performance bonuses, ESPN said. The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets have also expressed interest in Burress, ESPN said.

Burress, who caught the winning touchdown pass in the Giants’ 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl following the 2007 season, was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty in state court in Manhattan to attempted possession of a weapon, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

The receiver turned himself in to police at the 17th Precinct in midtown Manhattan in 2008 after a gun he was carrying discharged and wounded him in the leg at the Latin Quarter night club.

To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Kuriloff in New York at akuriloff@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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