A day after meeting with Burress, Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi announced on Thursday that the team was no longer interested in signing the former Pittsburgh Steeler and had withdrawn its contract offer. The announcement itself was unusual -- most teams don't usually say publicly that they have no interest in a player.
"The Giants made us an offer, we rejected, they upped their offer, we rejected it again, and that's when they said they had to rescind the deal," Michael Harrison, Burress' agent told the Associated Press.
Harrison would not discuss the Giants' offer, but a source close to the team said the deal was worth $24 million with an $8 million signing bonus.
Harrison made the comments just before getting on a plane to Minnesota, where he and Burress planned to meet with Vikings coach Mike Tice and front office personnel to talk about joining the Vikings.
Burress was supposed to arrive at Giants Stadium on Monday but he missed the meeting because of illness. He finally showed up late Wednesday and had dinner with some coaches and members of the front office.
The five-year veteran had more talks on Thursday morning before being told the Giants were no longer interested.
"The visit was pleasant," Harrison said. "Plaxico enjoyed himself, but there just wasn't enough there financially."
Burress had 35 catches for 698 yards and five touchdowns last season. His best season was in 2002 when he had 78 catches. When free agency began, he was supposed to be one of the most sought-after players on the market, but the visit with the Giants was his first with any team.
The Giants went through most of last season without a deep threat. Tim Carter was lost early in the season with a hip injury and rookie Jamaar Taylor showed flashes coming back from knee surgery in college.
Amani Toomer battled a hamstring injury much of the season.
The Giants plan to meet with Houston receiver Corey Bradford in the next few days. He had 27 catches for 399 yards and three touchdowns last season.