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No shocker: Saints cut Shockey

Saints' Jeremy Shockey congratulates Julius Jones after Jones

Saints' Jeremy Shockey congratulates Julius Jones after Jones scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half, Saturday. (Jan. 8, 2011) Credit: AP

Former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, who was traded to the Saints after the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl run, has been released by New Orleans. 

The news isn't all that shocking, because the outspoken tight end really didn't produce all that much in the Saints' offense. In his three seasons with the Saints, he never caught more than 50 passes, never had more than 569 receiving yards, and never scored more than three touchdowns. Not only that, but the Saints now plan to go with Jimmy Graham as their No. 1 tight end after he put in a terrific rookie season in 2010. 

Shockey did get at Super Bowl ring out of his run with New Orleans, as the Saints beat the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. 

"Jeremy played an important role in helping our team bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans," Saints coach Sean Payton said in a statement released by the team. "He contributed to the success of our offense, both as a pass-catch and run blocker, and we're appreciative of his efforts." 

The Giants traded Shockey to the Saints for second- and fifth-round picks in 2008. The Giants selected linebacker Clint Sintim with the second-round pick, and quarterback Rhett Bomar with the fifth-rounder. Sintim is still with the team, but has been a disappointment, while Bomar was signed off the Giants' practice squad last year by the Vikings. 

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