Giants trying to re-sign Chase Blackburn before free agency

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Chase Blackburn has been with the Giants for his entire eight-year NFL career, but he never had a bigger impact than he did last year, when he started 15 games at middle linebacker and had career highs in tackles, sacks, passes defensed and forced fumbles. So it’s no surprise that the Giants are hoping to keep Blackburn around.

Blackburn is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 12, but Richard Katz, Blackburn’s agent, told the New York Post that the Giants are trying to get a new deal worked out with him before free agency starts.

“The Giants have expressed a desire to re-sign Chase,’’ Katz said. “We believe Chase has been very valuable to the club, both on and off the field. Right now we are assessing his dollar value to the Giants and reviewing all possible alternatives including the Giants.”

The Giants are trying to get younger on defense and have already released two veterans who were starters in the front seven for most of last season, Michael Boley and Chris Canty. But the soon-to-be 30-year-old Blackburn is a veteran they’d like to keep. At least if the price is right.

14 responses to “Giants trying to re-sign Chase Blackburn before free agency

  1. Blackburn averaged 4 tackles per game last year and the season before. Also didn’t play as many snaps in the prior seasons as he did in 2012.

  2. Not the most skilled guy, but he plays with a ton of heart and never quits. Glad to have him back if the price is right

  3. Giants won’t have Blackburn back to play MLB, his knowledge of the defensive & leadership role is what they want, there looking to him for a back-up role, or stop-gap situation, until whoever they have targeted for that role develops.
    Blackburn comes back on the cheap, one year deal, he’s a all-pro ST’s player, with a huge “lets do this attitude”.

  4. helloanybodyhome says: Feb 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    Took him 8 years to peak? Averaged just over 2 tackles per game 1st 7 years, over 6 per game last year…hmmm

    He didn’t become a full time starter until last year, genius.

  5. helloanybodyhome, your implication is incorrect. The Giants don’t like Blackburn because of his physical ability. In fact, he’s probably one of the slowest starting linebackers in the NFL. The Giants like him because he understands the defense like a coach, supposedly. I think the Giants need an upgrade. You know… to defend against RG3.

  6. obnoxioushack says:
    helloanybodyhome, how do 61 tackles in 15 games in 2012 equal over 6 per game? Math is not your friend.

    Your handle speaks volumes…98 total tackles last year (assisted & unassisted) divided into 15 games = 6.53…not too hard to figure out

  7. I have to agree with Logical….The league more than ever needs swift linecakers to cover the athletic tights ends in the league and RG3, Wilson, Kaepernick, and every other clone the rest of the league will try to find. Chase is solid, but not a physical presence on the field.

  8. Like they did with Manningham, they’ll pick up Te’O in the second or third rd and he’ll be a steal.

  9. Chase has been a great story for my Giants but the guy is a liability on the field. He is to slow and not a difference maker at the MLB position. The Giants entire LB core outside maybe J. Williams is weak. Blackburn is no more then a back up and special teams player. We would be better off trying to sign an MLB or drafting one.

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