Packers’ Jimmy Graham Expected To Continue Playing

It sounds like Jimmy Graham will suit up in 2020. On Friday, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said it’s his understanding that the tight end wants to play next year (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky). 

Graham is under contract with the Packers in 2020 at a $11.6MM cap figure, the final season of his three-year deal. In theory, the Packers could save $8MM by releasing the veteran, with $3.6MM in dead money.

The 33-year-old played in all 16 games in 2019 – marking his fourth straight season with perfect attendance in the regular season – plus the Packers two-game postseason. Graham no longer features as a dominant red zone threat, but he was still productive last year with 38 grabs for 447 yards and three touchdowns. In the Packers’ pair of playoff contests, he caught seven passes for 108 yards, including a (controversial) game-sealing first down against his old friends in Seattle.

In ten seasons with the Saints, Seahawks, and Packers, Graham has earned five Pro Bowl trips, plus a First-Team All-Pro nod in 2013, when he tallied a league-leading 16 touchdown receptions.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      I like the idea of creating a G-squad and sending Gronk, Gates and Graham to Canton in the same class.

  1. metsie1

    All Gute said was that he thinks JG still wants to play. I wouldn’t read to much into that. Doesn’t mean they won’t cut him or that Graham won’t just retire on his own. I believe retiring on his own frees even more money on the cap then just releasing him.

    • HailRodgers12$

      As long as it means he’s not grandpa-ing down the field in a GB uniform, I don’t care how he’s removed from the roster.

  2. mcmillankmm

    I mean the Packers should be cutting him for cap savings….unless he’s willing to restructure

  3. peterdipersio06

    If Brady stays in New England, I could see the Pats signing Graham to a 1 year deal

  4. seth3120

    Packers will save the 8m and release him unless they restructure beforehand. He is a HOF TE but most of that was earned with the Saints uniform on. A little maybe with a Seahawks but definitely not in GB. I don’t blame a guy for wanting to keep playing whether it be for money or the love of the game but it’s also hard when you see them get beaten out of a job by an undrafted free agent

    • wettle

      Who’s the UDFA that beat Graham out? Tonyan didn’t beat him out……although I would have liked to have seen a lot more of him. They need to cut Graham and use that money to sign either our own guys, or a FA.

  5. thebfr21

    Gerry out of town.. You watch the effort he puts in is embarrassing!! Complete waste of money!

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