Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the New York Giants have agreed to trade tight end Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints for a second-round draft pick and a fifth-round draft pick. The deal is pending league approval, according to a league source.
There began to be speculation that Shockey was on the trading block shortly after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII after he asked for a new role in the offense or a trade. However, at the beginning of the offseason, general manager Jerry Reese said the team had no plans to trade Shockey. As time went on, the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks were teams believed to be interested in the outspoken tight end. The 2008 NFL Draft approached, and it appeared as though only the Saints were making a serious run at Shockey. The draft came and went with Shockey remaining with the G-men. Heading into May, there were reports saying he would be with the Giants and that a market for him had died.
Fast forward to July: The Giants have agreed to trade Shockey to the Saints for two draft picks, a second- and a fifth-round pick.
Shockey joins a Saints team that went a disappointing 7-9 last season after a 10-6 campaign and a trip to the NFC Championship game the year before.
He will be part of an All-Star cast on offense that includes running back Deuce McAllister (knees), running back Reggie Bush, quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Marques Colston, to name a few.
The 27-year-old Shockey caught 57 balls for 619 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games last year in an offense that was inconsistent at times, due mostly to the play of quarterback Eli Manning. Manning threw 23 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and completed only 56.1 percent of his passes.
Brees, despite the team struggling, was among one of the better quarterbacks in the league. He threw 28 touchdowns compared to 18 interceptions while completing 67.5 percent of his passes.
Saints tight end Eric Johnson was able to amass two touchdowns and 378 yards on 48 receptions, which is the second-highest total receptions in his career for one season.
If Brees' history with an athletic tight end is any indication, check out what he did when paired with San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates: Gates averaged 85 receptions, 1,033 yards and 11.5 touchdowns per season over the two years that Gates was the starter. While we don't expect numbers of that caliber for Shockey, he is still capable of posting better than average stats.
Shockey underwent season ending surgery after breaking his fibula last season. However, he has had a long time to rehabilitate after not participating in any of the Giants' playoff contests.
Shockey will be the Saints' No. 1 tight end and will join an elite offense in a weak NFC South division. His value increases as a result, and he should benefit from Brees throwing the rock. Shockey has never caught fewer than 48 passes, which was Johnson's total last year, in any season since entering the NFL. Expect big things from Shockey in 2008 as a midrange No. 1 fantasy tight end. His value increases slightly in point-per-reception formats, too. His average draft placement puts him at the end of the eighth round or the beginning of the ninth in standard, 12-team formats. Expect this draft placement to shoot up a round or so as he gains chemistry with Brees in training camp.
About Fraser Lovat
Fraser is a Hot off the Wire Analyst with KFFL and has been with the company since 2007.
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