During the 2011 season, New York Giants LB Chase Blackburn was out of a football job but looking to get back in. After the 2010 season, the Giants didn’t retain him and the rest of the NFL didn’t think he was good enough to land on their roster at all. When the Giants were struggling with injuries, they decided to give Blackburn a call.
He was back with the Giants and suited up for their game against the Green Bay Packers. In that game, he intercepted Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, a task not many have been able to accomplish. Blackburn also had a key fourth quarter interception in Super Bowl XLVI, helping the Giants defeat the New England Patriots.
Blackburn is a free agent once again, but the Giants do not have plans to see him go elsewhere. Many may not have believed in him before, mainly because he was a special teams contributor mostly, but he has now shown in the past couple of seasons that he is very valuable as a linebacker.
The Giants are still trying to find ways to fit their first 51 players into the salary cap. Therefore, they will try to get Blackburn back in blue at their price. He and his agent will have to figure out if he can get substantially more from another team. He will be 30 once the 2013 season starts and has several effective seasons left in him.
This could very well be the last time Blackburn gets a multi-year deal from any team. He will think long and hard about taking a deal to remain a Giant or shop himself to the rest of the league.