- Sal Paolantonio, SportsCenter correspondent / NFL reporter
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The New York Giants still have an interest in Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards as Plaxico Burress' replacement, but the two teams are at an impasse in trade talks, according to league sources.
The Giants are now treating the Edwards trade as dead and are focusing on taking a wide receiver with the 29th pick, perhaps Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina, or jumping ahead of the Jets at No. 17 to take Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland.
In various discussions, the Browns have asked for defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and a first-round pick. Giants general manager Jerry Reese has told Cleveland that Kiwanuka is a deal-breaker.
In his last discussion with the Browns, Reese said the Giants might be willing to part with a second- and a fifth-round pick, league sources said. But nothing has come of it.
The Giants cut Burress on April 3, about four months after he accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub.
Burress' status has been uncertain since the accidental shooting with an unlicensed gun he had stuffed into his waistband. He faces a felony weapons charge that could put him in prison for at least 3½ years if convicted. His next court date is June 15, but his attorneys and Manhattan prosecutors are still working on a possible plea agreement.
Burress, who was fined by the Giants and suspended after the shooting for the final four weeks of last season for conduct detrimental to the team, also faces possible NFL sanctions for violating its personal conduct policy.
Sal Paolantonio is an NFL reporter for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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