Pre Free Agency moves, and a little reality check from Phil Mushnick

1) Giants tell Butler to check out free agency and keep them posted.

2) The Browns, Texans and Cardinals are rumored to be interested in Derrick Ward, who is asking for $4M/yr when he turns free agent next week.

3) ESPN’s rumor central has decent buzz.

4) You hear it on this New York Giants football blog all the time, but it is so much more than a lesson in the business world: CONFRONT THE BRUTAL FACTS. So how many of you are surprised when we learn that Shockey will be attending the New Orleans Saints’ off-season program? Brees is the boss down there, and Shockey is finally getting the discipline he needed, something the Giants coaches/players were unable to give him.

4a) On a separate note, at the end of the previous link, they mention the Vilma signing possibility wrt the deadline and the Giants draft pick. If you recall, we mentioned this many moons ago that it would NEVER EVER happen because even if Vilma got all the snaps and needed to be re-signed, the Saints would simply post-date the deal and negate the clause. Shady, yes, but it is done all the time, and there is nothing you can do about it. We’re getting the #2.

5) One of the core themes this blog highlights whenever given the opportunity: protect the integrity of the game or else you have no game. So we get a reminder from Phil Mushnick of the NY Post about what that means. He exposes the blatant hypocrisy of baseball in its simplest form. We are supposed to believe that Donald Fehr held the sport of baseball hostage, that the Union would never let Selig and the owners get steroids tested for in any contract. Bullbrown. BULLBROWN. Take the low road. Do you like the view?

4 Responses to “Pre Free Agency moves, and a little reality check from Phil Mushnick”

  1. Russ Wellen Says:

    Following link to True Blue, who wrote: “Shockey apparently never knew Eli Manning’s calendar.”If that’s Shockey’s excuse, it’s kind of lame. Also, it occurs to me he’s going to the Saints’ off-season program, because it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from his Florida home, unlike New York.Give Payton credit for standing up for Shockey like that, though.

  2. xtian Says:

    not only is nola closer, but more importantly it’s warmer and southern. remember shockey is an oakie. winter in ny/nj sucks!

  3. Bob Says:

    Sounds like the Giants are being stupid & cheap with Butler. We need depth at safety and they're going to blow it. Likewise with Ward. I've heard all the conventional wisdom about letting Ward go to free agency & I think its bunk. Look what we had last year, 2 bona fide 1,000 yd rushers. If injury prone Jacobs is out, we didn't lose a step. Plus we always had great fresh legs on the sideline. I know its a luxury to keep Ward, but the Jacobs-Ward tandem is a big reason why we had such an awesome ground game. Plus Ward is great as a receiver.Sorry Andy, I like #44 but don't think he's as good as Ward overall. Apparently the coaching staff agrees too.I'm afraid we're on the path to weakening the team for next year.

  4. Mitch Says:

    BobIn a perfect world the Giants would want to keep Ward.The salary cap does not afford them that luxury. Ward rushed for over 1000 yards…that is incentive enough for another team to pay him as a top running back.As for my opinion on Ward, he certainly benefited from a strong OL. I don’t know how any of you feel…but for my money Ward “dropped” way too many balls or it seems to me that whenever the ball was thrown to him in key situations the play failed. At least that is what I recolect .Danny Ware can easily provide depth and I look forward to having #44 play a larger role this upcoming season.

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