Why they shouldn't sign Jimmy Graham — Packers free agency


Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Seattle free agent tight end Jimmy Graham is expected to either re-sign with the New Orleans Saints or head to the Green Bay Packers in a free agent deal. Now he'll see what he can do in Green Bay. Graham remains a touchdown-scoring force but didn't offer much after the catch in 2017. The Seahawks decided not to retain Graham this year, so he's due to become a free agent on Wednesday at 3 p.m., which is when his deal with the Packers can become official.

Graham caught 10 touchdowns in 2017 - leading the Seahawks and setting a team record for single-season TD receptions by a tight end. But it's that production the Packers are banking on with the signing.

Last year, the Packers believed they had their answer at tight end in Martellus Bennett.

The tight ends now on the Packers' roster - Lance Kendricks and Emanuel Byrd - were unproductive in 2017.

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What does this mean for Graham?

But, should they even bother bringing in the tight end? He would have made more money if Seattle had tagged him, but his future would have been a big old question mark beyond this season.

Graham is 6'7 and 265 pounds, which makes him virtually impossible for most defenders to effectively cover, especially in the close quarters of a red zone situation. But, based on the Packers' recent history with renting tight ends they should be skeptical.