Saints release veteran Shockey

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Metairie, LA - The New Orleans Saints released Jeremy Shockey on Tuesday, parting ways with the veteran tight end after three seasons.

Shockey helped the team win its first Super Bowl last year, catching the go- ahead touchdown in a 31-17 win over Indianapolis.

However, this past season was the least productive of his nine-year career as he finished with career-lows in catches (41) and yards (408). He appeared in 13 games, starting 11, while reaching the end zone three times.

"Jeremy played an important role in helping our team bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans," said Saints head coach Sean Payton. "He contributed to the success of our offense, both as a pass-catcher and run blocker, and we're appreciative of his efforts."

Shockey, 30, had 139 catches for 1,460 yards and six touchdowns in 38 games for the Saints.

"I'd like to thank Jeremy for the contributions he made to our team during his time in New Orleans," said Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. "These decisions are never easy to make and we wish him the best in the future."

Prior to coming to New Orleans, Shockey spent his first six seasons with the New York Giants, who drafted him 14th overall out of Miami in 2002.

He caught 74 passes for 894 yards and two scores over 15 games as a rookie. Four of his six seasons with New York saw him named to Pro Bowls and he was a member of one Super Bowl team.

However, that Super Bowl championship was won by the Giants without Shockey. The team defeated the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, but Shockey broke his left fibula in week 15 of the season and he missed the rest of the campaign after surgery.

The following offseason, Shockey was traded to New Orleans for a second- and fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft. He amassed 4,228 yards on 371 catches and found the end zone 27 times over 83 games with the Giants.

Shockey won a national championship with Miami in 2001.


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