Jeremy Shockey Acquired by the New Orleans Saints

Stephen EllisCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2008

Jeremy Shockey has been dealt today from the New York Giants to the New Orleans Saints for a second and fifth round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Shockey, the six year pro out of the University of Miami, has been the subject of many rumors during the offseason after finishing the year in Week 15 with a broken leg.

Many have speculated that Eli Manning's surge in the last week of the regular season and throughout the playoffs was a result of Shockey's absence.

While clearly talented on the field, Shockey was very critical of his quarterback when he was not thrown to, or if overthrown. Manning appeared more comfortable with his own playing ability without Shockey pointing to and highlighting mistakes.

After Shockey's injury, Kevin Boss stepped in and recorded six catches for 81 yards in the final three weeks. Boss did not recreate the numbers that has made Shockey a four-time Pro Bowler, but contributed to the team chemistry.

The Giants defeated the NFC South, East, and North Champions before upsetting the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Shockey will join an offensively talented, yet underachieving, Saints team. Drew Brees will have Marques Colston, Reggie Bush, and now Shockey for aerial attacks, not to mention the return of Deuce McAllister in the backfield.