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Just as with Jason Taylor, I didn't see this one coming either! :o

Giants to trade Shockey to Saints.

by Jay Glazer

The Giants have agreed to trade their disgruntled tight end to the New Orleans Saints for a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick, FOXSports.com has learned. The deal is pending league approval, according to a league source. Shockey must also pass a physical.

The compensation is the same the Saints offered New York back in April prior and during to the draft ... and it was turned down.

The move comes one day after Jason Taylor was traded from Miami to New York's NFC East rivals in Washington. According to a report on SI.com, the Giants had held discussions about a three-team trade in which they would have ended up with Taylor, the Saints would have landed Shockey and the Dolphins would have received a pair of draft picks.

The emergence of rookie Kevin Boss during the Giants' improbable Super Bowl run — a stretch Shockey missed due to a broken leg — made Shockey expendable. Boss started six games after Shockey's injury (two regular season and all four during the Giants' postseason run), making nine catches for 140 yards and a TD.

Shockey's attitude made the move somewhat necessary as the Giants sought to avoid distractions from their bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

During the team's recent minicamp, Shockey reportedly engaged in a shouting match with GM Jerry Reese, just the latest controversy involving the outspoken former first-round pick out of the University of Miami.

Shockey's absence in Phoenix during the Super Bowl was conspicuous to say the least. According to some reports, one of the many sources of Shockey's displeasure with the team was that he was not allowed to stand on the team's sidelines during the game.

In the past, Shockey also had less-than-complimentary things to say about his quarterback, Eli Manning. In fact, many have theorized that Manning's transformation from a middle-of-the-pack quarterback to a Super Bowl MVP was facilitated by Shockey's absence.

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I kinda figured this was still going to happen. As much as the Saints pursued Shockey prior to the draft and the fact they were really the only ones in the mix kinda pushed this. Shockey had to go and the Saints offense is going to be better with a pro bowl type TE in their offense...


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I recall that a while ago there was talk that the Saint may be interested in Shockey, but nothing every got done...until now. So when I heard that he had been indeed traded to the Saints it didn't come as too much of a shock to me that he went to New Orleans. I think both sides got good deals though. And the Giants aren't without a good TE just because Shockey left them. They have 2nd year player Kevin Boss and Rookie Dustin Keller who should help fill the shoes of Shockey to some degree. The Giants also played best last year when Shockey was out so I don't think the lack of his presense should hurt them too much.

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