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Seahawks expect Jimmy Graham back in 2016

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 15:  Jimmy Graham #88 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball as Deone Bucannon #20 of the Arizona Cardinals defends during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said Friday that he expects running back Marshawn Lynch to retire from football rather than return for another season with the team.

During the same interview with 710 ESPN in Seattle, Schneider said he expects another offensive player who missed much of the season with injury to return to the lineup. The Seahawks can save $9 million under the cap by releasing Graham, who is recovering from a torn patellar tendon suffered during a first season in Seattle that failed to live up to expectations.

Schneider said that Graham will be back with the team and that criticism of Graham was premature.

“I think people were a little hard on Jimmy,” Schneider said, via the Seattle Times. “He started going when our offense started going, so I look at it as just part of our maturation offensively. … I don’t look at it like he wasn’t the Jimmy Graham of old. You are talking about a guy who gets double (teamed) and bracketed all the time.”

Graham’s ability to be part of the continued maturation of the offense will be based on how soon he’s able to return from his knee injury. That answer doesn’t seem to be linked to his immediate future with the team, however.

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44 Responses to “Seahawks expect Jimmy Graham back in 2016”
  1. ariani1985 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:53 PM

    And nothing of significant value will be gained!

  2. ytrappin504 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:54 PM

    Lol poor jimmy

  3. bigbamboom1 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:56 PM

    Bring him back? A very smart move if he is healthy enough to go. And breathing fire to make up for lost time and opportunity. If this guy catches fire and becomes a “missing link” in this fast developing, explosive offense. Seattle could be really scary in the future. As long as that “O” line continues to improve and protect the one guy Seattle absolutely can’t lose to injury. RUSSELL WILSON!

  4. pft13 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:00 PM

    Jimmy likes Elaine!

  5. isnotreality says: Jan 22, 2016 4:09 PM

    “Jimmy’s going to get you Kramer…”
    (sad to be reciting old Seinfeld lines when your teams out for the year).

    GO HAWKS

  6. oreo51 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:10 PM

    Jimmy Graham cannot be traded or cut until he is medically cleared to play. What else is Schneider going to say? “Yeah, he was kind of a disappointment. He is out of here as soon as possible”. Dissing a guy with a bad knee injury does not help the recovery process. That said, the last three games he played his receptions and targets were half what they were earlier in the season. That is when the Seahawk offense took off. RW3 began to look for the other receivers and Baldwin, Kearse and Lockett came through. Now Schneider has another expensive trade on the books that has not worked out as expected.

  7. mountaindont says: Jan 22, 2016 4:13 PM

    We will take Graham in Green Bay

  8. 4rings4brady says: Jan 22, 2016 4:15 PM

    Can you say trade bait? He does not fit what they do in Seattle. He he shows that he has recovered by camp rolls around, I expect the Seahawks to move him for a prospect who is more in-line with their offensive philosophy.

  9. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 22, 2016 4:19 PM

    His injury looked pretty severe. I disagree with John, he wasn’t having much of an impact even when the offense started going.

  10. billymutt says: Jan 22, 2016 4:21 PM

    Jimmy is down!

  11. jermainewiggins says: Jan 22, 2016 4:25 PM

    Dynasty!! Lol not

  12. pemory says: Jan 22, 2016 4:30 PM

    Based upon how they performed when he was in the lineup, this is good news for the rest of the NFC West clubs.

  13. ariani1985 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:37 PM

    I think right now green Bay would take a dog who could catch a frissbee rather than the hapless WRs they have now!

  14. thebirdofprey says: Jan 22, 2016 4:38 PM

    If you guys don’t think Seattle is a believer in Jimmy Graham you are out of your mind. The only reason it didn’t happen was because Seattle had a DT convert playing C and the offensive couldn’t pick up anybody.

    Before Jimmy went down he put up 140 yards on the Panthers and even in the Steelers game he was making big catches not many TEs could make then he got injured.

    I would love to see what he could do with Russell Wilson with an offensive line. Rawls, Baldwin, Lockett and Graham sound like great weapons to me. He has a long road ahead of him with that injury. Go Hawks!

  15. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 22, 2016 4:38 PM

    Man and everybody said I was wrong when I said the Whodats fleeced the Seahawks in this trade.

    We got Max Unger and Stephone Anthony for this bum, haha!

    Whodat babbbbyyy!!!

  16. ybthatway says: Jan 22, 2016 4:41 PM

    He only played part of a year while the o-line was in disarray. They will give him next season to either sink or swim, especially if Lynch is retiring freeing up 9 mil.

  17. theashleyguy says: Jan 22, 2016 4:43 PM

    In 11 games he had 608 yards, which would have been for more yards than his last season with New Orleans (projected to a whole season). He was averaging 12.6 yards which was his third highest as a pro.

    He will be excellent. He was playing for the ‘Hawks before the improvement by the offensive line and before Russell Wilson went on his impressive tear and before Bevell got much more creative with his play calling.

    He will have an outstanding year next season as we return to Super Bowl form.

  18. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2016 4:46 PM

    Is part of his rehab teaching him how to block?

  19. clowntown1 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:49 PM

    I’m confused. Was he with Seattle this past season?

  20. aronkif says: Jan 22, 2016 4:59 PM

    @87hollywoodhorn
    Seahawks got Graham who was leading us in yards before he went down, and Tyler Lockett, a ROY candidate. Pretty sure the Seahawks won this trade.

  21. codiablo says: Jan 22, 2016 5:10 PM

    Mike Wallace for Jimmy Graham – weird thing is, if you add them together, it equals Percy Harvin…(& the mystery spot in Santa Cruz, CA)…..???WEiRd!?!

  22. lanflfan says: Jan 22, 2016 5:25 PM

    Jimmy holds grudges!

  23. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 22, 2016 5:43 PM

    He will never be the Jimmy Graham of old because he doesn’t live in an offense like was in New Orleans.
    That being said he still can be a good player.
    I really think part of the reason that the Seattle offense did so good when he went down was because
    A. Wilson wasn’t looking to force him the ball
    B. They had a better blocker in there than Graham and that led to a more balanced attack, not to mention that they were tipping their hat to the offense when Graham was in there because the defense knew they were either going to be passing, or that they could just blow up the line with Graham as a “blocker”.

  24. wimpyburgers says: Jan 22, 2016 5:46 PM

    2014 – “Who’s Jimmy?”
    2016 – Where’s Jimmy?
    2017 – Why Jimmy?

  25. poguemahonepft says: Jan 22, 2016 5:50 PM

    slow your roll bigbamboom – russel wilson AIN’T Drew Brees – therefore JG is not what you thought he was when the squawks thought they got a steal…

  26. jeffesky says: Jan 22, 2016 6:17 PM

    jermainewiggins says:
    Jan 22, 2016 4:25 PM

    Dynasty!! Lol not

    WOW, the fact that fans elsewhere in the league would put us in the Dynasty conversation is a complement I will take. Under Pete’s 6 years
    7-9 Beast quake, win over the Saints in wild card
    7-9
    11-5 wild card win on the road in Washington
    13-3 won SB48
    12-4 lost SB49
    10-6 wild card win on the road in Minnesota

    8-4 in the post season

    not a dynasty but I will take that every 6 years and YOU know you would too.

    GO HAWKS

  27. mr1drful says: Jan 22, 2016 6:37 PM

    Maybe he’ll learn to block with his down time.

  28. daddeeo says: Jan 22, 2016 7:12 PM

    Dyna-what?

  29. ninerdynasty says: Jan 22, 2016 7:58 PM

    well, thats good for the NFC west.. the hawks were a better team without him in the lineup.

  30. superbowl48champs says: Jan 22, 2016 8:06 PM

    Now that this offense is more geared towards passing, I think you will see Jimmy be more involved. He will never put up the numbers like he did in NO but will definitely have a better season next year.

  31. Bizzareslantpass says: Jan 22, 2016 8:12 PM

    Sometimes when you bring in a player from another team, and pay him more than others that are fighting for contracts, it causes tension in the locker room. Bad trade for Seattle. They have obviously made bad moves in the past, but the brilliance of Dan Schneider, and his personal recognition in college, continues to save them.

  32. nwhawkhater says: Jan 22, 2016 8:38 PM

    Jermaine
    How long has Seattle Seahawks been in the league? Your bragging about the last 6 years?….. Dude that’s as long as you have been a fan that’s why you say that!!!!! LOL

  33. isnotreality says: Jan 22, 2016 8:59 PM

    LOL @ the cowboy (or insert newest perennial losing team here) fan:

    nwhawkhater says:
    Jan 22, 2016 8:38 PM
    Jermaine
    How long has Seattle Seahawks been in the league? Your bragging about the last 6 years?….. Dude that’s as long as you have been a fan that’s why you say that!!!!! LOL

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  34. bigbamboom1 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:18 PM

    Jimmy can be very good. But maybe not on a macho driven team like Seattle. Someone above said Green Bay. That would be a possibility. Minnesota, Patriots, Cleveland, Atlanta could be others. Jimmy sorta remind me of that old Parlaiment/Funkadelic song. Went like this.

    “Jimmy’s got a little bit of B in him. The B in him, outweighs the Jim. Da Da. Da. Da!”

    Meaning many on that Seattle team questioned his toughness when he arrived. He needs to show he can mix it up wherever he plays.

  35. pantherpro says: Jan 22, 2016 10:29 PM

    Enjoy offseason Seagags and lame 12th man

  36. dexx57 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:17 PM

    Bree’s made him

  37. ohand16 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:42 PM

    Reset the arrest counter!!! Sio Moore was ARRESTED

  38. arctantheta says: Jan 23, 2016 2:21 AM

    I’m a Seahawks fan, and think Graham could do well in Seattle, but to presume he’ll be ready next season is optimistic bordering on glib. Victor Cruz had some other injuries in his recovery from the same injury, but he’s still out. If Jimmy plays next year, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t suit up till about week 8 or so. As my dad always said, hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

  39. eyeamlothar says: Jan 23, 2016 11:43 AM

    Max Unger was going to be a cap casualty in Seattle (per John Clayton.) I still like this trade.

  40. ikeclanton says: Jan 23, 2016 2:37 PM

    He’s invisible as a blocker and his teammates all know it, and that knee won’t be right until the year after next.

  41. revren10 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:45 PM

    Gronk is so much better

  42. skawh says: Jan 23, 2016 5:38 PM

    Good luck with your recovery JG!

    Interesting that Seattle will keep Bevell even though the run first offense is not going to cut it next year. Bevell’s play calling, at best, is predictable and weak. See, play called in SB that he knew former Seattle DB Browner knew. What an idiot!

  43. kitz626 says: Jan 23, 2016 7:08 PM

    As a Vikings fan I will keep Rudolph and Pruitt,they might not have Graham’s offensive numbers but they are better all around tight ends.

  44. only1ringhawkslol says: Jan 24, 2016 1:07 PM

    World expects Jimmy Graham to be on IR by week 6

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