From Pro Football Talk:
Shockey has long been a favorite of Saints coach Sean Payton, who was the Giants’ offensive coordinator in 2002, when Shockey was the Giants’ first-round draft pick. So in that respect this move may seem like a surprise.
But the Saints loved the production that rookie tight end Jimmy Graham had in 2010, so it’s not a shock that Shockey is being let go to make room for Graham as the new No. 1 tight end in New Orleans.
Via Twitter, Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders immediately speculated that Shockey could wind up as a New York Jet.
Wonder if Jeremy Shockey ends up back in New York -- as a Jet. They could use blocking TE to play alongside Keller.
So it has come to that for Shockey, who will be 31 next season. After catching a career-low 41 passes in 2010 he is now being looked at not as a big-time addition to a team's passing attack, but as a blocking tight end.