Saints release tight end Shockey

NEW ORLEANS — For flamboyant tight end Jeremy Shockey, the party is over — at least in New Orleans.

Shockey was released Tuesday by the Saints, who appear ready to move on with promising second-year pro and 2010 third-round draft choice Jimmy Graham.

Shockey was no stranger to the Big Easy social scene and also helped give the city a reason to celebrate like never before. He made a crucial touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of the Saints' lone Super Bowl victory over Indianapolis in Miami just more than a year ago.

But with one season and $4.2 million in base salary left on Shockey's contract, the Saints decided the best way to pursue a second championship would be without the 30-year-old, nine-year veteran.

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

Acquired from the New York Giants in a trade at the onset of 2008 training camp, Shockey spent three up-and-down seasons in New Orleans and labored through injuries in all of them.

Last season, Shockey made 41 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

Broncos

The Denver Broncos have signed Champ Bailey to a four-year deal, keeping the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback off the free agent market.

Bailey, who turns 33 in June, just played in his 10th Pro Bowl, a record for cornerbacks.

His new deal is believed to be worth between $40 million and $44 million, less than the going rate of about $15 million per year for elite cornerbacks.

Bailey joined the Broncos in 2004 when former coach Mike Shanahan traded running back Clinton Portis to the Washington Redskins in a rare swap of blue chip talent.

Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed defensive back and special teams captain Roy Lewis and wide receiver Isaiah Stanback for the 2011 season.

The team announced the deals on Tuesday. Both Lewis and Stanback played their college ball at nearby Washington.

Lewis was a special teams standout for the Seahawks, but also saw significant time in the secondary. Lewis played in 14 games and ended the season with 17 tackles and one sack. He also had eight special teams tackles, but missed the final two games of the season after suffering a knee injury.

Stanback missed the entire 2010 season after rupturing his Achilles' tendon in training camp. The Seahawks were high on Stanback's prospects before his injury.

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