Packers To Sign TE Jimmy Graham

The Packers intend to sign tight end Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal, sources tell ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). The deal provides Aaron Rodgers with a quality red zone target at TE, something they have been seeking for years. 

Last year, the Packers believed they had their answer at tight end in Martellus Bennett. That contract quickly proved to be a mistake, but the revamped Packers’ front office believes that they have a much better solution in Graham.

Heading into free agency, we had Graham ranked as the second-best tight end available. After Trey Burton agreed to terms with the Bears, Graham quickly ascended the ranks to become the No. 1 undisputed top tight end on the market.

Graham isn’t quite as dynamic as he was in his prime with the Saints, but he’s still trouble for opposing defenses, as evidenced by his ten touchdowns in 2017. The Saints were eager to facilitate a reunion, but the bidding got out of hand thanks to Green Bay.

Rodgers is now slated to have Graham, Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb as his top targets. However, that lineup could change in the coming days with either Nelson or Cobb being pushed out as cap casualties.

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19 comments on “Packers To Sign TE Jimmy Graham

  1. milbaybreckers

    Let’s go!! hopefully he can return to what he was with Drew Brees throwing to him

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  2. Chris

    Wow. Packers offense might be dangerous. Waiting to see what happens with Jordy Nelson

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  3. Thronson5

    This is a nice addition for Rodgers. He isn’t what he was in his prime but is still a beast in the red zone

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  4. Clark K

    It’s gonna be like the first couple seasons in Seattle doesn’t get the ball production goes down and by the time the Packers figure stuff out Rodgers will be close to retiring. Why spend money on someone if you aren’t gonna use him correctly?

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    • CamFrost

      Rodgers will not be close to retiring in 2 years. Plus, do you really think Green Bay signed him with knowledge of how he produced in Seattle’s offense compared to how Green Bay runs their offense? Please.

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      • brewcrew08

        Apparently Clark already knows how the packers are going to run their offense..lol. With Rodgers we will throw 30-35 times a game. Graham will get 7-10 looks per game and a lot of those will be in the red zone.

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  5. terror661

    So stoked the 49ers didn’t get him. Not because of his talent, I would rather we spend the money elsewhere.

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  6. jjgreedy

    Is he switching to CB? Cause if not not, this money was wasted.

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    • brewcrew08

      This money was wasted? Rather have lance Kendricks as your starting TE? This takes a clear need off the board for GB. Do they still need defensive help? Of course. They had 21M to spend before the graham/Nelson moves. My guess is those all but cancel. 21M is enough to add a CB or possibly Wilkerson and still draft a CB/edge help in the draft. I would assume Mathews or Cobb could get restructured as well.

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  7. phen0menal

    Rumor is Nelson will be cut to save 10m in cap space…what needy wr team will anti up for him?

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  8. driftcat28

    Wow that’s huge. If he’s anything like he was on the Saints then wow, I’ll give the packers the division

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    • Marytown1

      However much I like your optimism, we need CB and OLB help too big to make this a reality. MN getting Cousins will increase their odds too.

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