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.
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.