Not So Quiet Anymore
Well, looks like there’s some Giants news after all. I’ll give you a quick rundown of things as they stand right now.
That Jeremy Shockey-to-New Orleans trade foray was true in that the Saints did call. But the Giants turned them down. In fact, they’re probably going to turn down anybody who isn’t offering at least a first-rounder, which the Saints were not, or a second-rounder plus a starting player and possibly more than that. The thing is, the Giants regard Shockey as still a Pro Bowl-type player who has also, by some accounts, has become the best blocking tight end in the league. To give up that pairing with a still-developing Kevin Boss would be tantamount to suicide at that spot. Undoubtedly, the Giants will get more calls on Shockey, and will listen. But it’s unlikely anything short of the above will pry him away.
The DeAngelo Hall deal is dead for now because Hall is probably going to look for Asante Samuel numbers. If this was a ragtag team trying to move up to the next level, the Giants might make that move. But to hand over $30 million of guaranteed money to a guy who could come in and disrupt team chemistry, plus leap far ahead of those rostered stars like Osi Umenyiora, Plaxico Burress, and Chris Snee who will be looking for a big bump would be a huge headache. If Hall’s numbers come down later, this could still be a possibility.
The Giants are convinced they’ll lose Gibril Wilson and Kawika Mitchell, the latter of whom could be headed to Buffalo for $3.5 million per year. That’s more than the Giants want to pay him. They’re hopeful of getting Derrick Ward back for a year or two at a reasonable price, and Reggie Torbor could return, too, if he doesn’t find any riches out in the open market.
As far as outside free agents, the Giants have contacted agent Drew Rosenhaus about Jacksonville’s 32-year-old safety Sammy Knight. They think they can get him for a couple of years at $1.5 million per year, but a visit to Giants Stadium hasn’t been settled yet. They like this guy because, when healthy, he’s a smart guy who can make calls back there and would be a good, short-term answer for losing Wilson while Michael Johnson develops.
Ciao for now.