Philadelphia Eagles Lose out on Visanthe Shiancoe; What About Jeremy Shockey?

Cody SwartzSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24:  Jeremy Shockey #80 of the Carolina Panthers dives for a touchdown against Ahmad Black #43 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles worked out tight end Visanthe Shiancoe yesterday but he signed with the New England Patriots today. The Eagles apparently want to provide competition with Clay Harbor for the backup tight end position, because they plan to work out Jeremy Shockey sometime this week.

Shockey is a 10-year veteran, a four-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champ and one of the most hated athletes in Philadelphia history. He broke onto the scene in a big way as a rookie in 2002, outjumping Brian Dawkins on a ball in the end zone, and he totaled 74 receptions for 894 yards and two touchdowns.

Shockey has had a pretty underrated career, as he’s brought in over 500 lifetime receptions for 6,143 yards and 37 touchdowns. He has topped 400 yards every year of his career, and he’s managed to stay productive the last several years with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

Shockey has never been liked by opposing fans and he’s openly embraced that his whole career. It would be ironic to see him in Philly competing to help the Eagles win football games but if he is still good enough to make an impact, there’s no doubt the fans would take him. The city accepted Pete Rose after they had previously hated him and Michael Vick when he was fresh out of prison.

Realistically, I think Shockey will probably re-sign with the Panthers. I don’t envision Shockey wearing an Eagles uniform in 2012 but how weird would that be if he did?