The NY Giants traded disgruntled tight end Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints today, a move that some had rumored was to occur during or before the draft.
The Saints give up a second and fifth round pick for Shockey. There is a bit of irony in Shockey becoming a Saint, because he’s really a jerk. But there is no NFL team with the nickname “Jerks.”
When his Giants made it to the Super Bowl, Shockey, who was recovering from a broken leg, watched the game from box seats, drinking numerous beers. I’m not sure that’s the kind of team player the Saints had in mind, but that IS the type of player they get with Shockey.
This is a great move for the Giants, who gain two draft picks by ridding themselves of a troublemaker in the locker room.
Shockey, 28, is a four-time Pro Bowler. He has 371 catches for 4,228 yards and 27 touchdowns during his six-year NFL career. The emergence of rookie Kevin Boss last season made Shockey expendable.
The Saints certainly needed a tight end, and although I believe Shockey is a bit overrated, he still is one of the top 10 tight ends in the NFL. He provided a much-needed weapon for Drew Brees, who really only had Marques Colston to throw to.