Jimmy Graham was pretty much destined not to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks, so the only question heading into the 2018 NFL Free Agent frenzy would be where the star tight end would wind up. While the New Orleans Saints were interested in bringing him back, it looks as if Graham is headed to Lambeau Field.
Adam Schefter reports that Graham has agreed to a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay has tried to find the ideal TE for Aaron Rodgers, but Jared Cook, Martellus Bennett, and Lance Kendricks all failed to work out. Graham caught ten touchdowns for Seattle in 2017, but had a career-low 9.1 yards per reception and was among the league-leaders in drops.
Between Graham and Paul Richardson, almost half of Russell Wilson’s 34 touchdown passes are to players no longer on the team.
In case you’re wondering, the Packers play at Seattle this year, so Graham will be back at CenturyLink Field, if only for a day.
Staying in Green Bay, the team has officially released wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who had the third-highest cap hit of any Packers player on the roster, coming in at roughly $12.5 million. The soon-to-be 33-year-old Nelson caught just 53 balls for 482 yards and 6 touchdowns, and even acknowledging that it was Brett Hundley throwing to him on many occasions, he did not look like the same receiver from 2013 or 2014.
While the Seahawks are getting much of the “they’re doomed!” talk in recent weeks, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the Packers also missed the playoffs and significantly restructured its front office and coaching staff. We might see plenty more personnel changes in Green Bay throughout this offseason.