Fleur-de-Links - Feb. 22nd: Goodbye Jeremy Shockey, Thanks for the Memories

The news of TE Jeremy Shockey getting released dominates Saints headlines today. I'll miss his fiery personality. After rookie Jimmy Graham's breakout season last year, the writing seemed on the wall for the aging Shockey. Best of luck to him. He will be missed in Who Dat Nation.

Let's take a look at some highlights as a tribute to the Shockmeister. That long catch and run against Miami (at 1:35) is my all-time favorite Shockey moment.


TWEETS:

Jeremy Shockey
Always will remember my time in New Orleans. What a city, you all welcomed me like one of your own, and we had a...

NFLPlayerNews
TE Jeremy Shockey cut by New Orleans Saints: Veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey t...

Jeff Duncan
Shockey was so difficult to deal with, most reporters just avoided him altogether. Even staffers hated having to deal with him.

Jeff Duncan
Folks least upset about the Shockey release: The Nola media. Can't think of a player more universally reviled by local reporters.

Juan Hermida
by SaintsNews
@. Sorry to hear you were released. Thank you for helping bring a championship to the NATION

Adam Schefter
Saints didn't want to keep around TE Jeremy Shockey and his $4.5 million in salary. Next big call is on Reggie Bush and his $11.8 million.

Jeff Duncan
Good point. RT @: Assessing the Shockey trade, essentially traded him for Will Beatty. Jury's out on who got better end.

Adam Schefter
Jeremy Shockey's biggest contribution to N.O. came when he caught a two-yard TD to give Saints a fourth-quarter lead in Super Bowl XLIV.

Jeff Duncan
Statements from Loomis & Payton re: Shockey. RT @: GM thanks Jeremy Shockey for his service:

Jeff Duncan
Loomis & Payton's comments on Shockey have a hint of finality. In other words, they don't indicate the team is interested in re-signing him.

Jason La Canfora
Saints announce they have released Jeremy Shockey. Injuries, age, salary and the rise of other TEs there made the move not surprising

Jeff Duncan
news makes perfect sense. He was scheduled to earn $5M in 2011 & had effectively been replaced as starter by Jimmy Graham.

Jeff Duncan
As I predicted a month ago. RT @: I'm reporting the Saints are terminating the contract of TE Jeremy Shockey.

New Orleans Saints
That's a wrap. Thanks to all the fans who met us out today. We will do it again soon!

 

SAINTS CUT JEREMY SHOCKEY:

Saints cut Jeremy Shockey | ProFootballTalk
"It’s a business, I understand," Shockey told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. "I’ll just go play hard for someone else. Whoever gets me it’s going to be a steal."

Why the Saints released Jeremy Shockey - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Shockey is 30 and will be 31 before the season starts. Injuries have been an issue throughout Shockey’s career and he’s never played a full 16-game season. In his three seasons in New Orleans, Shockey missed eight games with various injuries. He’s not getting any younger and his durability is likely to decrease even more in the future.

Saints Release TE Jeremy Shockey

Saints let Shockey go | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
The Saints have released Jeremy Shockey with a year left on the tight end’s contract.

Saints terminate final year of Jeremy Shockey’s contract

It's official, the New Orleans Saints cutting Jeremy Shockey | NOLA.com
The New Orleans Saints have terminated the contract of tight end Jeremy Shockey, the team released in a statement. "I'd like to thank Jeremy for the contributions he made to our team during his time in New Orleans," Saints GM Mickey Loomis said. "These decisions are never easy to make and we wish him the best in the future."...

Twitter / Jay Glazer: I'm reporting the Saints a ...
I'm reporting the Saints are terminating the contract of TE Jeremy Shockey.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Howard Balzer talks about possible changes to Hall of Fame process | ProFootballTalk
On Monday's ProFootballTalk Live, veteran NFL journalist Howard Balzer joined the show to discuss the Hall of Fame selection process.  Balzer, who currently writes for 101espn.com and The Sports Xchange, serves as one of the 44 voters.

Combine 40 times of particular importance to this year’s CB class | ProFootballTalk
When the defensive backs run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, it's an impressive display of straight-line speed. But how meaningful is it to determining whether these guys can play football? According to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, it's actually quite meaningful -- at leas...

New cast of characters added to labor talks | ProFootballTalk
The fifth day of mediated labor negotiations includes some new faces. Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal says NFL ownership will be represented, although cautioned that may not necessarily mean actual NFL owners.   For example, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports Redskins G.M.

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Harper and Sharper Help Rebuild New Orleans Homes

 

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