Even Eli Manning's public sentiment toward embattled tight end Jeremy Shockey may not be enough to keep Giants' GM Jerry Reese from trading him today.
The New Orleans Saints have expressed a serious interest in Shockey, dangling a package of selections in today's deep draft the Giants' way as an enticement.
Shockey was once considered one of the cornerstones of the storied franchise and a personal favorite of Hall of Fame owner Wellington Mara. But times have changed.
But when Mr. Mara, known to many as "The Duke," passed away several years ago, Shockey slowly began to be pushed toward the doghouse.
He refused to join the team in offseason workouts, opting to stay in Florida while the majority of the club convened at Giants Stadium.
His incessant on-field chiding of Manning, combined with his open criticism of head coach Tom Coughlin, only made things worse.
Then last November, Shockey suffered a broken leg, sidelining him for the remainder of the season and excluding him from the team's historic Super Bowl run.
In his absence, rookie Kevin Boss filled in just fine - catching everything thrown his way including a huge breakaway grab in Super Bowl XLII.
Now the Giants have a chance to rid themselves of Jeremy Shockey.
My guess is that they will take it.
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