The New York Giants' own Mr. Sunshine, Jeremy Shockey, has been traded to New Orleans after a prolonged period of discontent. While Shockey has been named to the Pro Bowl four times, he has fallen short of being the the break-out tight end that the Chargers' Antonio Gates or the Chiefs' Tony Gonzalez have been, plus he has constantly crabbed about his role in the offense.
In fact, at the end of last season when Shockey was hurt, many felt the Giants were a better offense in their run to the Super Bowl with his replacement, Kevin Boss. Obviously, the trade means that the Giants concur. The Saints gave up second- and sixth-round draft picks next year.
In New Orleans, Shockey has two things going for him. New Orleans head coach Sean Payton was the Giants' offensive coordinator in Shockey's rookie year in 2002 when he had a career-high 74 catches for 894 yards. And secondly, Shockey steps into what is pretty much a tight end vacuum in New Orleans where the Saints got by with Eric Johnson last season who had a so-so year.