Things between the New York Giants and middle linebacker Chase Blackburn seemed positive a month ago, but with only a few days left before the start of free agency, the two sides are no closer to a new deal and Blackburn is preparing to hit the open market.
“There is no understanding with the Giants,” Blackburn’s agent, Richard Katz, told Newsday on Wednesday. “It appears he’ll hit the open market on the 12th.”
The comments from Blackburn's agent could merely be posturing, but with the Giants' "cleaning house" mentality thus far this offseason, that would seem unlikely. The more realistic scenario is that General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. offered Blackburn a modest contract, similar to what they've done with safety Kenny Phillips, and just let it simmer.
Already thin at linebacker, the Giants will find themselves in an even more dire situation if they are unable to retain Blackburn and fellow free agent Keith Rivers. They'll ultimately be forced to fill some of those holes through free agency or with multiple selections during the NFL Draft. Unless, of course, they are prepared and committed to giving Mark Herzlich and Jacquian Williams starting jobs.
Put your seatbelt on. Things are about to get a little wild and crazy.
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