Jeremy Shockey caught Eli Manning’s pass in his soft hands and crossed the goal line to give the New York Giants the margin of victory over the Pats in this past year’s Super Bowl. The result was that the New England Patriots were upset by the Giants in Super Bowl XLII 17-14. As this year’s training camp approached, it was clear that tight end Shockey was unhappy with his situation with the Super Bowl winning Giants.
He made a lot of noise in minicamp and did not participate in workout sessions. Shockey, who was drafted by the New York Giants in 2002, has caught 371 passes for a total of 4,228 yards and 27 touchdowns. Last season, he played in 14 regular season games, catching 57 passes for 619 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 10.9 yards per catch.
The New Orleans Saints have been trying to broker a deal for the four-time Pro Bowler since January. The final deal involves the Saints giving up a round-two and round-five draft pick in 2009.
The Shockey deal leaves the Giants with second-year tight end Kevin Boss first on the team’s depth chart. In 13 rookie games, Boss caught nine balls for two touchdowns. He averaged a solid 13.1 yards per catch. The six-foot-six, 253-pound Boss is a big presence on the offensive line. He showed good blocking ability, sure hands and power in his first season.
Who’s the winner in this deal? The Saints get the tight end that they wanted. Shockey is off the Giants and with a different team. The Giants have a calmer camp with fewer distractions, and they field a promising tight end. It looks like everyone wins in this deal.