Jeremy Shockey: After Three Years, The Saints Tell Shockey It Is Over
Jeremy Shockey Cut After Three Seasons With The Saints
The New Orleans Saints gave Jeremy Shockey the "It's not you, it's me" speech on Tuesday, cutting the popular tight end after three seasons in The Big Easy.
Shockey, who is 30 years old, will be replaced by Jimmy Graham, who he helped mentor during his rookie season.
This cut comes down to age and money, so Shockey should have little trouble finding another team to play for. He was scheduled to make $4.2 million in 2011, so the fact he was cut shouldn't be surprising.
Shockey's production had dropped, but it hadn't completely disappeared. Shockey still is capable of being a very effective receiving tight end in the right system. The only question now is which teams will be interested in him.
Age is a factor, but Shockey should be able to get a two- or three-year contract for around $2 million a year. That's not bad money for a football player now on the wrong side of 30 who isn't a quarterback or a running back.
Once a new collective bargaining agreement is signed, expect there to be a few teams interested in Shockey's services, if not before. Teams are doing some signings despite expectations nothing would happen before a new CBA was put in place.
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