It’s nice to know someone considered “completely radioactive in the job market” is still wanted somewhere. But enough about Jim McGreevey’s attempts to become a priest, in another high profile Jersey divorce case, the Giants have traded TE Jeremy Shockey to the Saints in exchange for a 2nd and 5th round pick in the 2009 draft. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the exact same package New Orleans offered last April writes the New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano.
Back then, the Giants had determined the offer wasn’t good enough and according to team sources they were holding out for either an NFL player or a first-round pick. But since then, their headaches with Shockey have only grown, as he staged a mini-camp protest – refusing to even come to the practice field with his injured teammates – and reportedly got into a shouting match with Giants GM Jerry Reese.
Reese had hinted of the possibility of a Shockey deal in Monday’s Daily News when he responded to a question about the unhappy tight end by saying “I expect we’ll have 53 players when we play the Redskins (on Sept. 4) who want to be here, and are ha ppy to be here, ready to play as a team, ready to defend the title. That’s what I expect. If that includes Jeremy, that would be great.”
Obviously, now, it won’t.
Players like to talk about how they couldn’t have achieved this or that without the support of the fans, so let’s spare a thought for Shockey’s vast contributions to Big Blue’s 3rd Super Bowl victory. While a fair weather rooter like yours truly was glued to the couch, Jeremey was considerate enough to watch the game from seats far worse than what Dina Matos could’ve scored.