When Dan Connor signed with the Giants, it meant the end of Chase Blackburn.
That's kind of the way business goes in the NFL today.
Since coming into the league in 2005, Blackburn has known only one team in the New York Giants.
Now, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the 29-year-old will sign with the Carolina Panthers.
Giants had mild interest in bringing Blackburn back at first, but only on a one-year, minimum salary deal. He got two years from Carolina.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) March 27, 2013
The deal is for two years, but no official word on how much money is involved yet.
On his own Twitter account, Blackburn confirmed that he was in fact signing with the Panthers and thanked all the Giants and their fans for their support.
Blackburn made a name for himself in 2011 by signing on in the middle of the season after not making the team initially, and then ended up being a Super Bowl hero for the Giants.
In the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI, Blackburn went step for step with tight end Rob Gronkowski and stepped in front of him and intercepted a pass from Tom Brady that would have been a sure touchdown if caught.
The Giants brought Blackburn back for 2012 to be the starting linebacker, and he was one of the more consistent players on an inconsistent defense.
Blackburn had 94 total tackles with three sacks and four forced fumbles for the Giants in 2012.
The Giants attempted to get Blackburn back before the start of free agency, but were unable to lock up their longtime linebacker.
Blackburn was an undrafted free agent for the Giants back in 2005 out of Akron and has spent his entire eight-year career with Big Blue until now.
Some fans were sad to know that there was a possibility that Blackburn wouldn't be back after the team signed Connor in the first week of free agency.
Blackburn's wife, Megan Blackburn, had posted that she felt it was the end of her husband's time with the Giants once Connor had signed.
And with that move I guess we are saying goodbye!— Megan Blackburn (@MegBlackburn93) March 16, 2013
She tried to backtrack her comments, but a lot of fans had already gotten the message, especially with the signing.
For many Giant fans all over, Blackburn's departure might be a sad one, but in the business of the NFL, it's the norm every season.
Sentiment doesn't win players contracts.
Blackburn found that out the hard way this offseason.
Now, he gets a chance to showcase his talents with a brand new start in Carolina.
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