IN BRIEF : Giants’ Burt Rejects Packers’ Offer

<i> From Times wire services </i>

Jim Burt, an eight-year veteran and a member of the New York Giants’ 1986 Super Bowl champions, has turned down a $950,000 contract offer from the Green Bay Packers and will remain with New York, according to a published report.

“Money wasn’t the thing,” Burt told the New York Times. “I want to stay in the area. I have great rapport with the fans. . . . When you see respect there, you know the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

Burt made $350,000 as the Giants’ starting nose tackle in 1988, the last year of a two-year deal worth $725,000. He has not agreed to a new contract with the Giants.