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Saints cut Jeremy Shockey

The New Orleans Saints are cutting ties with tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported that the Saints are terminating Shockey’s contract, and the Saints have confirmed the move.

“It’s a business, I understand,” Shockey told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I’ll just go play hard for someone else. Whoever gets me it’s going to be a steal.”

Shockey has long been a favorite of Saints coach Sean Payton, who was the Giants’ offensive coordinator in 2002, when Shockey was the Giants’ first-round draft pick. So in that respect this move may seem like a surprise.

But the Saints loved the production that rookie tight end Jimmy Graham had in 2010, so it’s not a shock that Shockey is being let go to make room for Graham as the new No. 1 tight end in New Orleans.

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  1. burgandyandgold says: Feb 22, 2011 5:02 PM

    He is a punk.

  2. scytherius says: Feb 22, 2011 5:05 PM

    I’ve never bought into “Shockey is great”. He is pretty damned good for sure. But great? Nope.

  3. tucknrolle says: Feb 22, 2011 5:05 PM

    Shockey’s body is breaking down and the Saints have two other quality TE’s. I’ll give this to Shockey, the man plays so hard it’s ridiculous. The guy goes over the middle and runs with no helmet on. I think he’ll land somewhere, it just won’t be easy since there are so many good young TE’s in this league.

  4. waitingguilty says: Feb 22, 2011 5:05 PM

    Hey Jeremy…just try not to “Over exert” yourself at any Vegas pools this off season and you should have no trouble finding work in 2011.

  5. my84cj7 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:06 PM

    This guy is a chump.

  6. cromags says: Feb 22, 2011 5:07 PM

    Ahh, he’s been gimpy since he left NYG.

  7. dgforreal says: Feb 22, 2011 5:08 PM

    so it’s not a shock that Shockey is being let go to make room for Graham as the new No. 1 tight end in New Orleans

    I see what you did there.

  8. prmpft says: Feb 22, 2011 5:10 PM makes sense – even to him…but i always hate to see it end that way – good luck & Geaux Saints!!!

  9. rcunningham says: Feb 22, 2011 5:11 PM

    His hair is greasy.

  10. gpete1962 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:12 PM

    Shockey ‘s better days are behind him. Big mouth, big money, not enough talent. SEEEE YA !!!!!

  11. bigeasyvoodoo says: Feb 22, 2011 5:13 PM

    Shockey is a tough SOB who played hurt a lot and was key figure in Super Bowl run….his leadership and toughness in locker room will be missed. That said, it is a business, and Jimmy Graham is a star in the making and was a steal in the third round for us.

  12. burntorangehorn says: Feb 22, 2011 5:18 PM

    Between Graham and Thomas, they should be fine without him. Where will football’s answer to John Rocker go next?

  13. JimmySmith says: Feb 22, 2011 5:19 PM

    “Whoever gets me it’s going to be a steal.”

    Only if he plays for free. He is barely worth the veteran minimum if he agrees to keep his mouth shut which he hasn’t done yet in his career.

  14. kd75 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:20 PM

    Shockey and Plaxico back in New York…On the Jets.

  15. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:20 PM

    come to atlanta, backup gonzo for one year and he’ll prob retire n starter is all urs n teach rudolph the ropes wen we draft him n michael palmer already on our roster

  16. roxtar10 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:21 PM

    Never really has gotten to be as good as he thinks he is….

  17. mannynh says: Feb 22, 2011 5:25 PM

    hmm.. I wonder if this is purely a monetary issue or something else? There will be teams lined up for his services though.. And he’s right, he will be a steal when he signs for the veterans minimum..

  18. hoobsher says: Feb 22, 2011 5:25 PM

    couldnt have asked for a much better career though. statistically one of the best tight ends ever, won a superbowl with the saints, and held on while the defense in new york won one for him.

  19. bsizemore68 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:27 PM

    He went to the U, perhaps the fish could check him out. Bill

  20. dafixisin says: Feb 22, 2011 5:28 PM

    Shockey will land on his feet soon enough. He’s proved that he can be a team player during his time with the Saints. There are a lot of teams that could use a TE like him.

  21. spharrgcs says: Feb 22, 2011 5:35 PM

    Great line “Whoever gets me it’s going to be a steal.”. Just slightly optimistic there if you are ‘definitely’ going to be picked up. Then again..he’s always been blissfully ignorant.

  22. gregjennings85 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:36 PM

    Wow. Remember this kid in his rookie year? He was a freak. Now, he’s a castaway.

    NFL really does stand for Not For Long.

  23. crabboil says: Feb 22, 2011 5:37 PM

    his production didn’t match up with his salary, and Jimmy Graham is shaping up to be a bona fide stud. hope you enjoyed your stay, Shock. we loved having you.

  24. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Feb 22, 2011 5:37 PM


  25. cwmorga says: Feb 22, 2011 5:41 PM

    Too bad he couldn’t stay healthy. He’s talented as hell but you can count on him missing 3-4 games/year and another 3 being nicked up to the point of being unproductive.

    He helped us win a SB though, and I’ll always remember him dragging a safety 25 yards down the field against Miami in 09.

  26. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:41 PM

    I knew it
    The hack got cut again
    Best thing the giants did was cut him and now the saints

    I hear al davis calling or the dead skins one of those teams that like flash and no sizzle

  27. blizzard01 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:42 PM

    Shockey no blockey so he take walky.

  28. 504in860 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:45 PM

    Thanks for your contributions Shockey…especially that TD in the Super Bowl. But you were always hurt (like Reggie Bush) and make way too much. You’ll be missed. xoxo

  29. riderspantherssk says: Feb 22, 2011 5:50 PM

    If he is a bargain, the Panthers are looking for a guy like Shockey.

  30. georgegabriel9 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:51 PM

    Thanks for the good times, Shock. Wishing him the best of luck with a new team.

  31. xtb3 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:54 PM

    Now all Graham has to do is learn how to hang on to the ball.

  32. b1unt3d says: Feb 22, 2011 5:56 PM

    Shockey is overrated and has a bad attitude.

  33. bearsgoroar says: Feb 22, 2011 5:57 PM

    Every coach has players he loves….doesn’t mean he should keep them when they can no longer play.

  34. JayRock123 says: Feb 22, 2011 5:58 PM

    Wow! This is Shockey-ing news!

  35. idolized1 says: Feb 22, 2011 6:05 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him and Visanthe giving the Vikings a nice 1-2 punch for our single back sets.

    Doubt it will happen, but for the right price I suppose it’s possible.

  36. thenewwisewoo says: Feb 22, 2011 6:06 PM

    Money on the Carolina Panthers…

  37. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 22, 2011 6:07 PM

    He was a great tight end for NY and N.O. when he was on the field but he’s never played a complete season without missing a game from injury. I guess you could say that for a lot of guys though.

  38. leftysmoke says: Feb 22, 2011 6:10 PM

    Shockey will definitely make someone happy at TE if he can stay healthy. I never cared much for his decision to go to NO, anyways.

  39. springy619 says: Feb 22, 2011 6:13 PM

    him and bradford would make a great tandem just sayin

  40. rudy112 says: Feb 22, 2011 6:14 PM

    Shockey was a good tight end but a lousy team player, double fisting at the superbowl in a suite but to good to sit on the sideline a root his team on. Just another thug from U of Miami.

  41. carson9 says: Feb 22, 2011 6:15 PM

    the strippers in the Big Easy will miss him

  42. krow101 says: Feb 22, 2011 6:17 PM

    Time for booze and drugs 24/7. Next stop… Oakland or Philadelphia.

  43. oldbyrd says: Feb 22, 2011 6:18 PM

    Better days behind him yes. But still better than anything the Eagles have at tight end.. If the price is right they should get him. Celeg drops to many balls and the rookie is mediocore at best. They could use some speed at that position too.

  44. broncostebow15 says: Feb 22, 2011 6:27 PM

    Denver needs a catching TE

  45. peanutbutter&jelly says: Feb 22, 2011 6:36 PM

    i would like to buy him for what i think he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth. i would make enough on that deal to sign a ton of good free agents.

  46. rudy112 says: Feb 22, 2011 7:04 PM

    i wonder if he’s into the Purple drank?

  47. footballrulz says: Feb 22, 2011 7:14 PM

    aliowlsfalcons19 says:
    Feb 22, 2011 5:20 PM
    come to atlanta, backup gonzo for one year and he’ll prob retire n starter is all urs n teach rudolph the ropes wen we draft him n michael palmer already on our roster


    dude, this is not twitter

  48. therolandobottom says: Feb 22, 2011 7:27 PM

    If Miller doesn’t get resigned ( not sure why he wouldn’t ) you might see Shockey wind up in Oakland.

  49. spoiledcajun says: Feb 22, 2011 7:48 PM

    Undoubtedly some of you can’t see a good player when you see him. And then again you don’t care to. Whichever it is I must say that if it was one of your favorite players you’d be shouting from the rooftops how unfair it was that they be cut. We the Saints fans feel that Shockey was good for our team at one time and maybe he hasn’t been of late but that’s not to say that he’s a has been period. Some of you so called macho men wouldn’t last a nano second in his shoes. And before you say it I’ll confirm it: I’m a girl and I do know a thing or 2 about football. Too, there are veteran players out there today who need to be gone who are liabilites to their teams so lets not pick on just one player shall we. The main thing is lets just hope there is a season and we can all enjoy the game we enjoy.

  50. goawayeverybody says: Feb 22, 2011 8:26 PM

    As a Saints fan I am sad to see Jeremy go. He was a bigtime postseason hero in the run to the Lombardi Trophy. I know he wasn’t as productive last season and Jimmy Graham is a huge breakout talent, but I still feel it would have been fine to have the two work in tandem.

    Thanks Jeremy, for helping the Saints win the Super Bowl. No matter what happens, you will always be a Super Bowl champion.

  51. marinofreakout says: Feb 22, 2011 8:28 PM

    miami bound…

  52. goawayeverybody says: Feb 22, 2011 8:33 PM

    As a Saints fan, I will also say I hope this means they are making financial room for a nice contract for Pierre Thomas or to pick up someone like Shaun Rogers.

  53. Canyonero says: Feb 22, 2011 8:51 PM

    Shockey has a Super Bowl ring from each of his last two teams.. maybe the lunatic is a good luck charm.

  54. bluefan204 says: Feb 22, 2011 8:53 PM

    The guy plays with a ton of heart. Sadly, the rest of his body can’t keep up. Lifelong Giant fan, and Shock is still my boy

  55. elnenebig0 says: Feb 22, 2011 9:16 PM

    from one U to the other…..its all about the U

  56. thefiesty1 says: Feb 22, 2011 9:16 PM

    I agree with JayRock123. But he’s lived out his usefulness. Maybe now he’ll be paid what he’s worth on the field.

  57. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Feb 22, 2011 10:00 PM

    Take your talents to South Beach, baby!

  58. pacog364 says: Feb 22, 2011 10:23 PM

    Sorry to see you go Shemp. (3 Stooges)

  59. beachbum46 says: Feb 22, 2011 10:41 PM

    Average TE at best when he’s healthy.

  60. jc1958cool says: Feb 22, 2011 11:24 PM

    he should go to the vique*n’s they loooove those over the hill guys !!

  61. shaggytoodle says: Feb 22, 2011 11:58 PM

    If you care to put in the effort to block 25 times a game, it would be really cool to see him in GB lined up in a two TE set.

  62. hammertoe11 says: Feb 23, 2011 1:25 AM

    WOW letting shockey go. I thought Drew sucked this year. They should have cut Drew the punk.

  63. kevinfromphilly says: Feb 23, 2011 9:10 AM

    After the news conference, Shockey decided to go to the French Quarter for one last night of dehydration.

  64. CKL says: Feb 23, 2011 10:03 AM

    hoobsher says: Feb 22, 2011 5:25 PM

    couldnt have asked for a much better career though. statistically one of the best tight ends ever,
    I never would have guessed it but that’s true. I saw a list yesterday and he’s pretty close reception wise with some really great TEs.

  65. vickyvaillencourt says: Feb 23, 2011 12:10 PM

    I suppose no one bothers to read statistics. They don’t lie. As a native New Orleanian and Saints fan, I am devastated that this outstanding gladiator has been cut. Not only is he enthusiastic and plays the game with a huge heart, he is one of the finest Tight Ends in football statistically also. Of course, he can actually do something other than type nasty emails….that alone makes him a source of envy. Whatever team is lucky enough to get him has a new fan. Me!

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