New York rejected a similar offer from the Saints before the NFL draft, hoping to get a starting player or a first-round draft pick.
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The Giants, however, did an about-face Monday in a move focused on promoting team harmony and getting rid of an unhappy player who has been known to say too much.
"Jeremy brought great energy to the game every time he stepped on the field," Giants chief executive John Mara said. "He had a close relationship with my father from the time we drafted him, and I had a couple of long conversations with Jeremy this spring and summer. From those conversations, it was apparent to me that a fresh start was the best thing for us and for Jeremy."
"On a personal level, I was very sad to hear that my friend and teammate Jeremy Shockey has been traded, and at the same time I found it a relief to know that Jeremy was able to achieve what he desired, a new start with a new team," center Shaun O'Hara said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
"I can only wish him the best, wish him health, and hope that he is at peace with his decision," O'Hara added. "Jeremy will be missed, however, my teammates and I realize the business side of the NFL and are looking forward to training camp, and looking forward to defending our title."
During that time, rookie tight end Kevin Boss stepped in and played well, though he did not block as well as Shockey. The Giants' average on runs dropped about a yard without Shockey.
Shockey finished third on the team last season with 57 catches for 619 yards, including a career-high 12 catches for 129 against Dallas at Giants Stadium on Nov. 11. He had at least four catches in a game eight times last season.
It was obvious that Shockey was upset during the team's minicamp in June. While teammates practiced, Shockey stayed in the locker room, much to the dismay of coach Tom Coughlin.
There also was a report that Shockey and general manager Jerry Reese got into a shouting argument during the camp.
"Jeremy is a very talented football player who always played with great enthusiasm and great effort," Coughlin said. "He was excited about playing. Jeremy always enjoyed being a physical football player and a tough football player. He's an outstanding football player who plays the game full speed and plays the game the way it was meant to be played."
Shockey said he is looking forward to this season.
Besides Boss, the Giants will have four other tight ends in camp -- Michael Matthews, Darcy Johnson, Jerome Collins and rookie Eric Butler.
"We have five young kids who are all vying for the position," Coughlin said. "The tight end position will be a very competitive position in training camp."
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