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New York Giants Will Look to Re-Sign Linebacker Chase Blackburn

February 16th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Linebacker Chase Blackburn is slated to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year rolls around in mid-March, but if the New York Giants have anything to say about it, that's not going to be the case.

Richard Katz, Blackburn's agent, told the New York Post on Friday that the team has contacted him expressing a desire to re-sign the veteran linebacker, but that they will continue to weigh their free agency options.

“The Giants have expressed a desire to re-sign Chase," Richard Katz, Blackburn’s agent, told The New York Post Friday. “We believe Chase has been very valuable to the club, both on and off the field. Right now we are assessing his dollar value to the Giants and reviewing all possible alternatives including the Giants.”

Re-signing Blackburn wouldn't guarantee him the starting job as the Giants may look to add more athleticism to the middle linebacker position this offseason. However, he is a favorite of the coaching staff for his knowledge of the defense, his hard work and never-say-die attitude, and would provide solid depth along with fellow MLB Mark Herzlich.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants Will Look to Re-Sign Linebacker Chase Blackburn”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Dirt says:
    February 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM
    Furthering my point that Eli is far and away the best pass blocker on the team.

    Forget the gross discrepancy of pass block rating vs. run block rating (according to PFF). For years, we all scream that the Giants never use the tight end or running back in the passing game. Sure, we’ve seen Stone Hands Bradshaw and the like, but, more importantly, it’s the system that calls for protection first, and always. It’s a system that seldomly allows all 5 eligible receivers to be out in patterns. It’s a system that’s going to make me b|tch and complain all damn season at the lack of passes to Wilson.

    But just like it’s a system that allowed a rookie like RGIII to have one of the most accurate passing seasons ever (!!), it’s a system that keep’s Eli clean.

    The facts prove this. Diehl (allegedly) blows, but Eli had his best stretch EVER with Diehl protecting his blind side. Aside from the one SF game, Eli was kept clean.

    It is for this that I wouldn’t be shocked if Beatty leaves. I agree that he’s clearly superior to Diehl, but I question the drop off in this protect first, always system.

    And since it’s all about the cap, this clueless anonymous poster believes the Giants are a much better team, and in a much better cap situation, if they let Beatty go, allow Diehl to play out his deal while a youngster is groomed and resign both Nicks and Cruz as opposed to signing Beatty, sucking down Diehl’s deal and losing one of the two receivers.

    And if the team believes in its system, graced by the presence of His Holiness St. Flaherty, why not give your star quarterback established weapons in his prime and not d|ck around with the 3 year learning curve of Killdrive’s PhD-level playbook?

    Dirt says:
    February 16, 2013 at 8:32 AM
    Hi guys, sorry, David Diehl has hacked my G101 account the last week or so.

  2.  Samardzija says:

    Can I get a link to were the Giants are paying PFF for their services? Im just interested to read what it says exactly.

    PFF might have gotten better through the years, but Im on another forum were some of the “writers” frequent and they got torn apart on a weekly basis. Mainly for not knowing a first thing about schemes and coverages. They also dont have access to coaching tape, so a lot of their rankings are based on what they think happens out of sight

  3.  The Original G Man says:

    PFF subscribes to the All-22 tape BTW.

  4.  CT GIANT says:

    I found the Wall Street Journal article very interesting! As for how the giants keep
    Diehl over Beatty I’m not sure, Mr, Hornsby would have to input his numbers?
    Things have gone silent from Reese & the giants since signing the kicker, Buehler but I suspect some big news soon, as contracts are completed or offers agreed to, that might signal who, what and how much the giants have in cap space.
    DIRT, thanks,
    CT GIANT

  5.  Krow says:

    I think Chase is a great guy … and should never have to buy a drink in New York for the rest of his life. And I can even see where Reese might throw him a few bucks over vet minimum out of gratitude for his many years of service.

    But damn … c’mon man. Shut that agent of yours up.

  6.  kujo says:

    Well, this just about clinches it–we will not be drafting a linebacker in the first 4 rounds. It appears that the braintrust believes we can be just fine with slow-and-steady Blackburn.

  7.  GmenMania says:

    UUT

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