The Giants today finally traded Jeremy Shockey to the Saints for a pair of draft picks.
Sure, Shockey is a great player and is one of the best TE's in the league. But he tends to drop a lot of balls and shoots his mouth off. And he doesn't like to work in the offseason program with Eli Manning, something Plaxico Burress and others do. And he's coming off an injury. And he has a stupid eagle/flag tattoo on his arm. (Okay, so that has nothing to do with anything but it just wreaks of pseudo-patriotic goofiness.)
This trade has nothing to do with Shockey's talent, it's all about his attitude. He clearly wanted out and the Giants don't want any team chemistry issues coming off of their Super Bowl victory. The two picks, a second- and fifth-rounder next year, are decent enough compensation and is a better package than the Dolphins got for Jason Taylor. The reason for that, of course, is because Taylor may retire after this season. Those picks are pretty much inconsequential anyway.
I would have liked the trade even better if it had gone down yesterday in a deal that reportedly was discussed. That trade had the G-Men landing Taylor, with Shockey still going to the Saints and the Dolphins getting all the draft picks.
As for the Saints, they throw Shockey into the mix with Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and Marques Colston for what should be a really strong offense. Drew Brees thrived in San Diego tight end Antonio Gates, who Shockey is in the same category as talentwise, so you would assume this will make him better as well.