GIANTS REACH OUT TO LINEBACKER CHASE BLACKBURN
"Contrary to earlier reports that the team would not look to re-sign Chase
Blackburn, the New York Giants reached out to the linebacker on Wednesday as their primary
Goff, was in Cleveland visiting with the Browns.
New York Giants middle linebacker Chase
Blackburn (93) celebrates stopping the Atlanta Falcons on a play in the
second half during their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 8,
2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
A source told Jeff Roberts of The Record that while Blackburn "is pursuing
other options," he remains "very much interested" in a potential return to Big Blue.
The team has strongly maintained that their primary goal is to re-sign Goff
and have him start at middle linebacker next season, so this could merely be a
power-play aimed at putting pressure on him. However, Blackburn is a solid
secondary option with the market for middle linebackers dwindling (Stephen
Tulloch recently re-signed with the Detroit Lions).
After being signed as a street free agent last season, Blackburn collected 26
tackles and one interception in five regular season games. He added an
additional 26 tackles and one huge interception (Super Bowl XLVI) in the
playoffs. Goff, meanwhile, spend the season rehabbing after tearing his ACL in