A New York Giant retiring and then immediately opining on his former team is almost becoming an off-season tradition. Last year, it was Tiki Barber, who retired and then pretty much called Eli Manning a nancy-boy.
"He doesn't want to play here; that's obvious with everything that's going on," Strahan told Newsday yesterday after being introduced as the newest cast member on "Fox NFL Sunday."
"I don't think you gain much by keeping a guy around. Regardless of how well he plays for you, there's always that tension, and that's one thing you can't have if you're expected to go back and repeat."
Strahan added Shockey might do his job well, but that doesn't mean he would be happy.
"You don't need that out of one of your leaders," the recently retired defensive end said. "So I think the best thing for them and for Shockey is if they have the opportunity, let him go."
I disagree with Strahan, but I should make it clear that I'm not putting him in the same category as Tiki Barber. Strahan's not ripping anyone here; he's just saying that the Giants and Shockey might be better off without each other.
Last year with Barber, it was like he couldn't wait to rip off his uniform so he could sit in his glass house and lob boulders at Eli.