Four years after he left town, Jeremy Shockey wants to return to the Giants.
The 31-year-old Shockey is a free agent who hasn’t drawn much interest so far, but he’d like to play for the Giants again, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports.
Shockey was the Giants’ first-round draft pick in 2002 and had a solid six-season stay with the team, but he grew increasingly unhappy and was traded to the Saints in 2008, played three years there and then played for the Panthers last year. It’s not clear whether hard feelings remain with Giants General Manager Jerry Reese or coach Tom Coughlin, but Shockey would like to return.
Tight end was a need position for the Giants at the outset of free agency, after Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard suffered torn ACLs in the Super Bowl. But that need was lessened when they signed Martellus Bennett, so the Giants aren’t desperate to sign Shockey.
Still, he’s a tight end who’s good enough to start and wants to sign. Unless he’s completely burned his bridges with the Giants, this is a move the team should consider.
UPDATE: Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reports that the Giants aren’t interested, even though Shockey is willing to sign for the veteran minimum salary.