First now retired Giants DE Michael Strahan declared that his old team should give WR Plaxico Burress a new deal. Now, just a day later, the newest addition to the Fox NFL Studio show says the Giants should also do something else – dump TE Jeremy Shockey. “He doesn’t want to play here; that’s obvious with everything that’s going on,” Strahan told Newsday on Wednesday.
Shockey’s offseason issues have been well talked about around the league and with the Giants, but for now, he’s still on the team, and today’s Bergen Record says that the TE has been taken off the market by the team. The paper cites “a source that has been accurate much of the time,” saying the club has given up all trade efforts after dangling Shockey for presumably no less than a second-round pick.
There appeared to be a deal in place for Shockey with the Saints on draft day, but that fell through due to the greed of the Giants for wanting another pick thrown in. Back to Strahan, didn’t the Giants just go though this last season with a former player speaking his mind? Of course at least Tiki Barber waited a few months before he started throwing gas on the fire. Strahan has waited all of about 48 hours to let anyone and everyone know how he feels.
“I don’t think you gain much by keeping a guy around. Regardless of how well he plays for you, there’s always that tension, and that’s one thing you can’t have if you’re expected to go back and repeat,” Strahan said. “You don’t need that out of one of your leaders, so I think the best thing for them and for Shockey is if they have the opportunity, let him go.”
What’s next from Strahan – Eli Manning isn’t enough of a team leader?