BBI on Vermont Radio This Morning: Eric, the senior editor and owner of BigBlueInteractive.com, will be interviewed on ESPN/WCAT 1390 (Burlington, Vermont) today at 10:40AM to discuss the Giants and this weekend’s NFL draft. The show will be streamed live at www.wcat1390.com.
BBI Draft Preview Article – Defensive and Offensive Tackles: Our 2008 Draft Preview: Defensive and Offensive Tackles article by KWALL is now available in The Draft section of the website. KWALL’s BBI Mock Draft – Day One is also available.
Shockey May Be Traded Today: According to ESPN, the Giants and Saints continue to talk regarding a trade that would send disgruntled TE Jeremy Shockey for the New Orleans Saints. The deal supposedly has hit a snag however because the Giants want a second-round draft pick while the Saints are offering a third-round draft pick. ESPN is reporting that the Giants have given Shockey a physical and will provide the details of that physical to the Saints if he cannot make it to New Orleans in time to have one. ESPN is reporting that the Saints very much want Shockey so a deal is likely to be finalized today.
However, The Daily News is reporting that the Saints have offered the Giants their second-round pick but the Giants wanted more, asking for the second-round pick plus safety Roman Harper. The Saints supposedly have declined and countered with another lower-round draft pick, possibly a fifth-rounder, in addition to the second-rounder. According to The Daily News, the Saints appear to be the only serious contender for Shockey’s services.
Newsday is reporting that a League source told the paper that there is a "good chance" that Shockey will be traded today. While the Saints are the leading contender, the paper says the Falcons could also enter the mix.
CBS Sportsline.com reports "League sources indicated the Giants are maneuvering to trade the tight end by this weekend’s draft, with the Giants talking to Seattle and New Orleans" and "talks have been on-going for some time with both teams, but sources indicated a deal could be consummated Saturday if the Giants want to move up in the second round. In fact, one source said he thought the team might already have a deal in place."
ProFootballWeekly.com is reporting that a deal may already be in place with the Saints for their second-round pick and other picks.
Strahan Talks: DE Michael Strahan was asked about whether or not he will return to the Giants in 2008 on Thursday night. "I don’t know if I’m going to quit," said Strahan. "I would love to retire, but that’s what you’d miss. It’s so much fun to play and be around the guys, I would miss that part. But at the same time, I would not miss being sore every morning."
Giants Will Visit White House and Walter Reed on Wednesday: The Giants will visit the White House on Wednesday. The team is scheduled to meet with President Bush at 3:20PM. Before the ceremony, players, coaches and other members of the organization will travel to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Article on Giants’ Vice President of Player Evaluation Chris Mara: Talent Evaluator by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
Giants.com Interview with WR Steve Smith: The video of Giants.com’s recent interview with WR Steve Smith is available at Giants.com.
Quotes: DE Osi Umenyiora on TE Jeremy Shockey possibly being traded: "I don’t know why that’s even a discussion. Jeremy Shockey is one of the greatest tight ends in the league today. I think he should be back."
Umenyiora on the Giants in 2008: "We’re hungry, man. Even though we won the Super Bowl, nobody’s really giving us respect like we won it. I do a lot of reading, and it’s like we lucked out and won it."