NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jeremy Shockey was traded to the Saints for two draft picks Monday, giving New Orleans a disgruntled star tight end who watched from afar while injured as the New York Giants surged to the Super Bowl title.
The Giants will get second- and fifth-round picks in the 2009 draft. The deal must be approved by the league and is contingent on Shockey passing a physical.
The deal reunites Shockey with Saints coach Sean Payton, who was the Giants’ offensive coordinator in 2002, when Shockey was Rookie of the Year.
“I have had a relationship with coach Payton and I appreciate what he has done as a head coach,” Shockey said in a statement released by the Saints. “The Saints have a lot of weapons starting with Drew Brees and I look forward to joining my teammates at training camp. This will be a fun year.”
The Saints report to training camp in Jackson, Miss., on Wednesday with several other tight ends on the roster, including last year’s starter, Eric Johnson, along with Billy Miller and Mark Campbell.