Jeremy Shockey finally got his wish. And the Giants got a couple draft picks as a result. On Monday, only days before the opening of training camp, GM Jerry Reese finally broke the impasse between the club and its Pro Bowl tight end by dealing him to the Saints for second- and fifth-round draft choices in 2009.
"Jeremy brought great energy to the game every time he stepped on the field," Giants team president John Mara said. "He had a close relationship with my father from the time we drafted him, and I had a couple of long conversations with Jeremy this spring and summer. From those conversations, it was apparent to me that a fresh start was the best thing for us and for Jeremy."
The emotional Shockey finished his six-year tenure with the Giants with these impressive numbers: 371 catches for 4,228 yards and 27 touchdowns.
In Shockey's defense, the Giants will have a very tough time replacing his two-way TE skills, emotion and work ethic. Chances are the combination of Kevin Boss, Darcy Johnson and the two draft picks will come nowhere near the four total Pro Bowls Shockey attended.
In Reese's defense, he waited as long as he could and still got the same deal that New Orleans offered on draft day. With Shockey almost certain to hold out of camp, the Giants felt it was best to part ways with their 2002 first-round draft choice.
The 28-year-old Shockey was a fan favorite during the earlier years of his career; however in the last couple years fans – and even some teammates – soured some on number 80. He often complained about his role in the Giants offense, unhappy with the amount of blocking he was asked to do.
Now, with the Saints, he'll be reunited with former offensive coordinator Sean Payton, under whom Shockey burst onto the NFL scene as a rookie, catching 74 passes for 894 yards.
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