Jeremy Shockey Cut by Saints
The move was first reported by FOX Sports.
"It's a business, I understand," Shockey told ESPN. "I'll just go play hard for someone else. Whoever gets me, it's going to be a steal."
The Saints got Shockey via a trade in 2008 with the New York Giants, who selected the former University of Miami star in the first round (No. 14 overall) of the 2002 draft. New Orleans gave up second- and fifth-round picks for a player who went to four Pro Bowls during his standout six seasons in the Meadowlands but never matched that productivity in the NFC South.
With the Saints, Shockey was nowhere as dominant as he was a Giant, missing at least three games each of his three seasons. After averaging nearly 62 catches and five touchdowns per season in New York, Shockey's numbers slipped to just over 46 catches per season and a total of six touchdowns as a Saint.
Shockey did catch a short touchdown pass in the Saints' 31-17 win over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV following the 2009 season.
The decision to release Shockey had as much to do with play of 2010 rookie Jimmy Graham as it did with Shockey's decline. Graham, a converted basketball player also out of Miami, caught 31 passes for 356 yards and five touchdowns this past season. Shockey, meanwhile, caught just 11 passes in the Saints' final eight games.