|Shockey would love to return to New York, the Giants feel differently.(US PRESSWIRE)|
It's hard to believe it's been a decade since the Giants drafted Jeremy Shockey out of the University of Miami. It wasn't that long ago that he was considered one of the league's best pass-catching tight ends. Now he's just a guy in his 30s looking for work. After the Giants' first Super Bowl victory over the Patriots following the 2007 season, they traded Shockey to the Saints where he won another ring in 2009. Two years later, he was in Carolina for Cam Newton's rookie season.
Now a free agent, Shockey would love to return to the Giants, even if it means he has to play for the veteran minimum.
The Newark Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo points out that Shockey forced his way out of New York by "skipping all of the offseason workouts that year and creating a scene at minicamp that included sitting inside old Giants Stadium while the team was on the field practicing."
Oh, and then there's this from former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer:
@garymyersNYDN No!!Shockey"I will never play4 you again!"he yelled at jerry Reese in 08. Let him keep his word. Bad teammate, worse person.— Amani Toomer (@AmaniAToomer) March 15, 2012
Jerry Reese is the New York's general manager. So it should come as no surprise that the Giants, who signed former Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett to a one-year, $2.75 million deal Wednesday, aren't interested.
"Someone informed of the communication between (Shockey) and the Giants said recently even the staunchest of Shockey supporters resisted the idea of his return," Garafolo wrote Thursday. "Another person kept abreast of the situation said this morning there have been no talks between the Giants and Shockey."
The lesson: don't scream at your boss, especially in earshot of, well, everybody.
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