Jeremy Shockey Cut?: Why You Shouldn't Be Surprised & Where He Could Be Headed

J FCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 21:  Jeremy Scockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after defeating the Houston Texans at the Louisiana Superdome on August 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It may come as a bit of a surprise that TE Jeremy Shockey was released by the Saints after catching a TD pass in the team's first Super Bowl victory only a year ago, but when you take a closer look, it appears to be the right move.

In the last five years of Shockey's nine year career, his receptions have continued to drop.

In 2010, he only caught 41 passes for 408 yards and three TDs. Drew Brees has plenty more options to throw the ball to and the four-time Pro Bowler is no longer a top tight end.

Shockey hasn't played a full season in New Orleans due to multiple injuries and he is only getting older. Backup David Thomas had nearly as good of a statistical season in 2010, but the Saints will also be targeting Jimmy Graham, who had five TDs and 356 yards as a rookie in 2011. The youngster showed promise and could be on the rise next season when he's given the opportunity.

So, now that his time in the Big Easy has come to an end, where will Jeremy take his large tattoo and two Super Bowl rings next?

Sam Bradford and the Rams could use a veteran tight end in St. Louis and the Dolphins or the Chiefs might also be interested. The Panthers and the Broncos may also be in the mix, but most other teams would only sign him for depth.

No matter where he ends up, his pay and his role will certainly be less than when he was in New Orleans and New York.

It really isn't a surprise that Shockey was cut, as his career has been declining in recent years and the Saints have other options at his position.