Jimmy’s finally getting upset.
Less than 12 hours after we pointed out that Saints tight end* Jimmy Graham has been a good soldier during four years of playing under a rookie contract that the team never ripped up and replaced with something approach market value, Graham has sounded off on Twitter about the team’s recent roster decisions.
“Wow unbelievable,” Graham said. “Shocked and disappointed on everything that’s gone on this offseason.”
He’s presumably referring to the release last month of linebacker Will Smith, cornerback Jabari Greer, and safety Roman Harper, Friday’s release of receiver Lance Moore, the news that running back Darren Sproles will be traded or cut, and the likely trade or release of running back Pierre Thomas.
It’s all happening because Graham is in line for a new contract, presumably one that he hopes will pay an average of more than $10 million per year. Because of the salary cap, certain moves had to be made.
Maybe Graham doesn’t understand the connection between his contractual expectations and the need to dump cap space. If he doesn’t, we’ve got a feeling some of the folks on Twitter will let him know. Loudly.