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Monday, July 21, 2008

Most Picks Signed; Shockey To Saints

Carolina signed all but their two first round picks this past week, culminating in 3rd round pick Charles Godfrey and 7th rounder Geoff Schwartz. Dan Connor, Gary Barnidge, Hilee Taylor, and Mackenzy Bernardeau were signed earlier in the week.

This leaves RB Jon Stewart and OT Jeff Otah unsigned; the deals may be formalities, or the team may have difficulty signing either. With four days until camp, the team will have to scramble to get that pair in.

Other than that, it's been a very boring month for the team, and as well for the news.


Jeremy Shockey is now a Saint, in their ever-growing stable of former University of Miami first rounders (having also acquired Jonathan Vilma and the now-retired Dan Morgan). Shockey, familiar with Sean Payton's system, also reunites Drew Brees with a good TE target - Brees fed Antonio Gates toward a Pro Bowl for each player. Shockey isn't quite as athletic as Gates, but is close, and that's not good for Carolina.

Luckily, the Saints paid a heavy price to get Shockey - a 2nd and 5th round in 2009. The deal probably comes with a pay raise/extension soon.
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