According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Saints plan to terminate TE Jeremy Shockey’s contract.
Via his Twitter account, Glazer posted the following.
I’m reporting the Saints are terminating the contract of TE Jeremy Shockey.
Shockey was scheduled to make $4.2 million plus a $500K reporting bonus this year. In his three seasons with the Saints, Shockey had 139 receptions for 1,460 yards and 6 touchdowns. In every season, Shockey had to miss games due to an injury. Shockey has struggled with injuries throughout his career.
Perhaps the biggest impact of this news is the fact that Jimmy Graham will take over for Shockey. Fantasy football fans who discovered Graham near the end of the season found him to be very helpful. The rookie from Miami started the year as the third string tight end during the 2010 season, but due to injuries to both Shockey and David Thomas Graham was able to showcase his abilities and make the most of his opportunity.
Graham started in five games for the Saints and recorded 31 receptions for 356 yards and 5 touchdowns. He really started finding his rhythm near the end of the season before he was injured in the season finale against Tampa Bay.