Chase Blackburn’s days in New York may be numbered, as the New York Giants are reportedly only comfortable offering the linebacker a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum. Blackburn played middle linebacker in 2012, starting 15 games for the Giants, but the team has been looking to upgrade at the position since they let go of Antonio Pierce in 2010.
Blackburn could return to the Giants, but it would be at the veteran’s minimum and it would be in a special teams role.
According to the New York Post, Blackburn’s agent has come forward to say that his client will not settle for the Giants offer until he’s tested the water and figured out his value. The hope is that Blackburn can find a team willing to pay him more than what the Giants are offering, which under the current CBA is only $840,000.
In his career with the Giants, Blackburn has shown an inability to defend the pass and his age won’t be used as a selling point either. However, Blackburn has shown his value time and time again in his starts for the Giants but he’s not going to command top dollar. There is a pretty good chance that a team comes along and snags him at something just above the minimum the Giants are offering but it won’t be much more.
Blackburn isn’t a bad player and he’s certainly worth more than $840,000 but he’s not worth much more than $1.5 million which is likely the most a team will pay him to steal him away from the Giants and no matter where he ends up playing, Blackburn is looking to be a special teams leader at best in 2013.