Report: Seahawks trade for Jimmy Graham

AP

An already busy day took a big turn when word broke that the Saints were open to trading tight end Jimmy Graham, but it appears things have gotten a bit further than just seeing what might be out there.

A year after signing a big extension to remain in New Orleans, Graham has reportedly been shipped to the back-to-back NFC champs.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Seahawks and Saints have agreed on a trade that will send Graham and a fourth-round pick to Seattle in exchange for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.

The Seahawks were known to be looking for a tight end this offseason, but there wasn’t an inkling that Graham could be their guy until shortly before Graham became their guy. He’s due a $5 million roster bonus in five days as part of the four-year, $40 million contract, but the Seahawks can absorb the contract as well as a new pact for running back Marshawn Lynch thanks in part to the low price they’re paying for quarterback Russell Wilson.

The deal could conceivably make it harder to get Wilson signed to an extension this offseason, but it probably won’t hurt Wilson’s bargaining power to have a year with a player like Graham catching his passes.

162 responses to “Report: Seahawks trade for Jimmy Graham

  1. I bet the Shehawk troll fans will now be loving Graham after ripping him for years. That proves how fair weather and front runners they are.. Good luck protecting that overeated midget of a QB you have. Wilson will be a shell of a QB without his o-line to protect him and when Lynch retires, he will be ordinary! BET ON IT!

  2. Seattle is desperate. Giving up a great center for a soft TE that can’t block doesn’t make them a better team.

  3. Maybe going to Seattle will toughen this clown up a little bit. Guy folds up like a lawn chair as soon as anyone touches him. Must be real tough to just be bigger than everyone else.

  4. Don’t understand this at all. O-line is bad enough, now they lose Carpenter and Unger. O-line was much worse without him in the line up. Wilson will be running for his life all year.

  5. Graham is a beast and It’s nice to see him on a good team again… That said, Max Unger might be the best center in football right now. Who does Seattle have filling that gap? And what can they do to fill it without a 1st?

  6. You have to like the aggressiveness of the seahawks… a late 1st rounder probably wouldnt bring the production the graham will. Although, he did have an off year (for Graham).

  7. Saints eat bonus, Graham is 3 million more cap hit than the oft injured Center Unger. Now, i will have to learn to like Graham, as a seahawks fan, i cant stand him. First round pick is 31 so really a second rounder you have to pay like a first rounder, so no big deal.

  8. Saints in full rebuild mode. Peyton will be next after this upcoming year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he sits out a year and waits to get back into it when the next crop of coaches get fired. He makes too much money. Brees is already slipping. Add on the mess going on with the owner and his family, the Aints might be back real soon.

  9. Literally the worst place they could have traded him, to the best team in the same conference. The Saints should just blow it up.

  10. The actual cap increase won’t be so bad; Unger was well paid, as he was on his second contract. He is a great center when healthy, but he’s been hurt and missed a lot of games the past 2 years, but the Saints will have to assume that risk. Kudos to Schneider for having the balls to make a bold move in acquiring a proven receiving threat. It’s amazing Seattle made the Super Bowl last year given the lack of consistent receiving threats.

  11. So, to fix our Oline, we trade our all-pro center. Ooooook… I still have faith in the Schneid… but two words: Percy Harvin.

  12. This is perfect! A player in the mold of Carroll himself! Doesn’t play by the rules! If people thought Graham was a punk before, just wait!

  13. First reaction from this Seahawks fan: NO wins big in this trade. Unger a difference maker on the OL.

  14. Wow!! Shocking not only that they’d target Graham but that they’d give up Unger.

    I love the idea of Wilson having a big target, I just hope he can bury the hatchet with Irvin

  15. “someone better let Graham know….

    He ain’t wearing #80”

    And now you have all the Seahawk “fans” looking up why he can’t wear #80

  16. What a horrible trade. Seattle gave up a 1st round pick and their starting center. And they get to pick up Graham’s contract? Hilarious. Saints must be laughing like giddy school girls over this. Seattle doesn’t have Drew Brees to throw footballs. Graham will decline a lot in Seattle.

  17. Well jimmy, it was nice knowing you as an elite pass catcher. Now you go to the team were pass catchers go to die. Harvin, rice, Miller, Tate. They are one of the worst passing teams in the league, the one common denominator of all those guys failing…. The qb. You just had an extreme down grade in qb buddy. And this move still doesn’t make them the best in the NFC. Packers, cardinals, cowboys are still better.

    #gohomehawks

    #trentdilfer

  18. This will make the Hawks stronger, but they sure like to give away their first rounders.

  19. Good move to get Unger outta there with his scatter snaps that caused many Wilson’s problems at running timed pass plays.

    They need a blocking TE, but this signals a more active passing game for them. Wilson will get paid. Not to worry.

  20. I’m with the guy who mentioned how Seahawks fans ripped Graham for a couple years after that playoff game loss, now the Saints lost this trade. Smh. New fans…..

  21. LOL! Jimmy is trash. Cant block and lately cant catch. Injury prone and a cap monstrosity.

    He is fools gold and your problem now Seahags.

  22. Cheat Pete will still decide to throw the ball to Ricardo Lockett. Still the worst play call in sports history and the choker Wilson was the biggest choke play in NFL history. The guy threw 4 int’s in the NFC Championship game and threw the biggest INT in NFL Super Bowl history! Lynch has carried him for two years. But moronic Seattle and stupid reporters say this guy is elite and special. get over yourself. When this team breaks down in a couple years, I will be laughing at all the pundits@!

  23. Catching a pass from Brees in the pocket and in the dome might be a bit different from a scrambling Wilson in the rain against NFC West defenses.

  24. The Saints will probably represent the NFC next year. Brees will not lose another season and it will be the Saints and Seahawks for the NFC.

  25. You haters are hilarious as usual. Also, the Hawks fans that don’t know how oft injured carpenter and unger are, please look that stuff up before you post as if they are reliable guys that arent oft injured.

  26. The Hawks fans who talked all this smack about Graham being soft 2 years ago are now overjoyed. I wouldn’t get too excited about this. As you said 2 years ago he is fairly soft and can’t block to save his life. I’d also point out that Graham won’t be having a perennial 4,500-5,000 yard QB throwing to him anymore AND the Hawks traded away their all-pro center which further depletes their biggest weakness (O-line).

  27. Hmm. Willing to give away Jimmy but not fire Rob Ryan. Not very smart, Gnawlins. WHO is Drew going to throw those double-digit TDs to now? And Sam Bradford to the Eagles? The NFL is not making any sense at all, these days. Dazed and confused…

  28. Great trade for a TE that cant block, had to get taken out on run downs…. all the while making mad money… Better be able to actually BLOCK for that kind of money..

  29. This is crazy. Graham has always sucked versus the Seahawks, like most against that secondary, and I’ve always said Graham was overrated. As a Seattle fan, I’ll bite my tongue lol.

  30. The Saints get much needed salary cap relief plus get a good starting center AND another 1st round draft pick. Jordan Cameron is a very good young TE for Cleveland and a free agent. He can put up big numbers in this offense.

  31. afootballshouldbethecolorsoftheamericanflag says:
    Mar 10, 2015 3:58 PM

    Pete Carroll knows this year is their best shot.

    Wilson/Okung/Wagner need new deals next year.

    Team is going to change.

    2015 or bust.
    —————————————–
    ya, we’ll change. okung wont be offered a new deal. other than that, pretty much the same though

  32. Hey flash12,you are very mistaken there buddy !!! Hawks have already won a SB,then came back and won their division. Why such a hater – Are you a Niners or Packers fan ??

  33. As a Seahawk fan, I do like the acquisition of Jimmy Graham as he should do well with the Hawks. However, having said that, giving up Max Unger AND a 1st rounder was a stupid decision. Not sure what they were thinking…

  34. what half of the Seahawks D is leaving? the 2 guys that wernt starters to begin with? Maxwell only played in that position because Lane went down. Morgan will easily replace Smith. who else have they lost on D?

    as for Unger, he has been injured more than he has played in the last 3 seasons. his paycheck vs his production isn’t worth it and can easily be replaced. this draft is DEEP in OL.

  35. Top 5 Tight Ends in the NFL :

    1. Kyle Rudolph
    2. Rob Gronkowski
    3. Charles Clay
    4. Brandon Bostick
    5. Jimmy Graham

    ————————————-

    Brandon Bostick number four? Are you serious?

    He should be number one now considering he’s a Viking.

  36. “Seattle is desperate. Giving up a great center for a soft TE that can’t block doesn’t make them a better team.”
    —–
    For those of you who aren’t in Seattle, you’ve missed out on “Unger” not being available for playing time due to injuries. Unger didn’t play most of 2014, until if I recall the GB NFC Championship game, and the SB.

    So, given that Seattle has “desperately” needed a MODERN TE that can run and catch, in addition to a serious receiving threat, there’s nothing at all “desperate” about Graham’s acquisition in trade for a player that could not be relied upon to be there.

    Now, quest for a WR continues…Imagine Seattle with an eventual passing attack to compliment their running game…one makes the other better, and vice versa.

    Welcome to Seattle Jimmy Graham…Welcome to the only back to back SB appearance team in the NFL in over a decade.

  37. “Seattle is desperate. Giving up a great center for a soft TE that can’t block doesn’t make them a better team.”
    —–
    For those of you who aren’t in Seattle, you’ve missed out on “Unger” not being available for playing time due to injuries. Unger didn’t play most of 2014, until if I recall the GB NFC Championship game, and the SB.

    So, given that Seattle has “desperately” needed a MODERN TE that can run and catch, in addition to a serious receiving threat, there’s nothing at all “desperate” about Graham’s acquisition in trade for a player that could not be relied upon to be there.

    Now, quest for a WR continues…Imagine Seattle with an eventual passing attack to compliment their running game…one makes the other better, and vice versa.

    Welcome to Seattle Jimmy Graham…Welcome to the NFL’s only back to back SB appearance team in over a decade.

  38. Love Jimmy but he’s fools gold and Pete ‘worst play call in super bowl history’ Carroll took the bait! WHO DAT!!

  39. ElDiabloHawk says:
    Mar 10, 2015 4:23 PM
    As a Seahawk fan, I do like the acquisition of Jimmy Graham as he should do well with the Hawks. However, having said that, giving up Max Unger AND a 1st rounder was a stupid decision. Not sure what they were thinking…
    ——–
    First round pick is 31, which is a second round talent, that you have to pay 3 times more than a second rounder. the 4th rounder we get back from NO is at the top of the round, since they sucked. You may be new to football,and the seahawks, but if you havent noticed, the hawks management has kind of done a good job the last few years, so go ahead and let them handle the personnel stuff.

  40. As a Saints fan…I’m shocked. But, seeing the past season of inconsistent offense for what it was, we needed to make some dramatic changes. Graham may not be nearly as efficient playing outdoors in a 50 degree rainstorm as he was in the 68 degree dry Superdome.

  41. “I told Drew that whenever he decides to retire, I’m going to retire,’’ Graham said. “I’ll never play with another quarterback. I’m really serious about that.’’

    Let’s see how serious he really was.

  42. OMG!! I’m a Saints fan and this has me freaking.

    But, I trust Loomis and Payton. They have a back-up plan and know what they’re doing, just wait.

    Also, Jimmy has gotten soft and was not playing like he was even a couple of years ago.

    In Loomis I trust!!

  43. Max Unger has been on the downhill trend the last 2 years. He was a true All Pro 2012 and has all the brains to make all the protection changes. But since the injuries he has struggled in run blocking and last year I couldn’t believe how many bad snaps he had on top of it. Maybe it was due to playing through injury but that is two years in a row where it looks like his body is beat. Sad thing is Patrick Lewis is the back up and he is well Patrick Lewis.

    Jimmy Graham welcome to Seattle. He is just whats needed to free up Baldwin, Kearse.

  44. Unger is in decline. Graham is worth that trade. No player of his caliber was coming to Seattle in this draft at #31.

  45. Talk about a 2fer! Graham is like getting a TE and a WR upgrade all in ONE!

    Hat’s off to Seattle mgmt making this happen!

  46. pretty ironic

    Seattle players on the record calling him out as soft and over-rated. Now he is their teammate.

    when teams play the Seahawks, they will study how the Seahawk defense completely shut Graham down

    Seattle builds their team with outstanding drafts, then completely reverse strategy, trading for big name players by giving up top draft picks.

  47. So are all those Seattle fans that were calling Jimmy soft and the most overpaid, overhyped TE in all of the NFL now going to call him the best TE in the league? Or will stay with your original assessment?

  48. To those weighing in from the “Graham is soft” crowd.

    You’re referring to JG’s past, which wasn’t as a Seattle player. Wait until you see the new and improved JG. No other team in the league practice’s like Seattle.

    Seattle likes the pickup, and that’s all that matters!!!

  49. Once you peel the layers of the onion back it really starts to stink and the onion here is Graham….just ask Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin.

    Look it up seahack fans, look it up they’ll tell you.

  50. Saints just put the Seahawks in salary cap hell. They’ll struggle to sign Wilson to that 100 mill contract now. Destroying them from the inside.

  51. johnclaytonsponytail says:Mar 10, 2015 6:14 PM
    Saints just put the Seahawks in salary cap hell. They’ll struggle to sign Wilson to that 100 mill contract now. Destroying them from the inside.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You were making a joke or you couldn’t be more wrong: Cap hit is only 8M in 2015 for the Hawks……Not an issue….His cap in 2016 and 2017 goes up to 9M and 10M…..Not an issue….

  52. So are all those Seattle fans that were calling Jimmy soft and the most overpaid, overhyped TE in all of the NFL now going to call him the best TE in the league? Or will stay with your original assessment?
    **************
    Not sure I ever called him “soft”, but he is a jerk. I hate the idea of seeing him in a Seahawks jersey. Yeah, I know he’s a great TE, but there are just some players I can’t envision as a Hawk. Graham is one…Suh is another. I’ll reluctantly cheer for him, but not with much enthusiasm.

  53. Seahawks get a good tight end

    NOT worth a good center and a first round pick
    Unless Seattle decides it wants to pass the ball every down then they have lost their run game. Imagine a a baby blocking a 300lb. man then multiply that by 100 and you have graham

    for the saints fans who are freaking out. The saints won the superbowl with an average Jeremy Shockey and I believe that Josh hill is a good tight end who when paired u with another good tight end will match the production of jimmy graham. So like a Jordan cameron or Maxx Williams

  54. I have very mixed feelings about this trade… I’m not sure how he’ll fit in relationally with the boys in Seattle… Is graham a true team player or is he another harvin that thinks he should get the ball on every snap? Wasn’t that the issue with Harvin?! With harvin in, lynch became nearly non-existent. Either the same will happen with graham or maybe they are trying to help lynch out by making a game less dependent on him because of his back issues. I wish we could look at what is in lynch’s contract. I know Kevin Williams was told he wouldn’t have to play as much in order to get more production from him when he did play but then mebane was injured and Williams became the man . I still think graham is a little soft in the blocking department but maybe he just didn’t want to get hurt for a non super bowl contending team. ‘Maybe he sees this as his chance to get a ring and will be a serious contender. I’m guess I’m going to reserve judgement until I see the product in 6 months: GO HAWKS!

  55. Straight Cash Homie says:
    Mar 10, 2015 5:26 PM
    So are all those Seattle fans that were calling Jimmy soft and the most overpaid, overhyped TE in all of the NFL now going to call him the best TE in the league? Or will stay with your original assessment?
    ________

    Even more amusing are all the Saints fans who have for years been calling him the best TE in the NFL now all of a sudden changing their tune to Jimmy’s soft, overrated, he wasn’t that good anyway. We won’t miss him. Make up your minds.

    The Seahawks d shuts Graham down every time they face him. They’ve earned the right to talk him down. But he seems to play well against every other team he goes up against. An upgrade at TE was a need for the Seahawks. Graham is better than anything they’ll likely get for that pick and while Unger will be missed, let’s be realistic, he only played 6 games last year and hasn’t been able to stay healthy the past 2 years.

    Win win as I see it. NO needed to clear some cap space, Seattle needed a legit receiving threat and they got one of the best 3 or 4 receiving tight ends in the league.

  56. Big difference between Harvin and Graham, Graham can run a route.
    Part of the reason Harvin didn’t work out in Seattle is they had to try gimmick plays to get the ball to him in the open field.
    Harvin then pissed off half the team which resulted in no blocking for him.
    We’ll need to see how Graham works out, but this was not a bad trade for Seattle.

  57. Max unger was going to be cut. So Saints fans, you gave up a fourth rounder for a guy that you could have had for no picks and less of a cap hit (6.5 million, so almost what graham is). and you wont get a player as good as graham for the 31st pick, so this was a fleecing by the seahawks. Also with cutting zach miller (3.5 million) the seahawks cap actually gained room, haha!

  58. As a 49er fan, I absolutely love this deal. It’s penny wise and pound foolish. A departure from Seattle’s typically smart decisions that shortens their window. The reason New Orleans wanted to get rid of Graham is because his value is on the decline and nagging injuries are starting to become an issue. So New Orleans gets his best years and moves on before the decline while getting an extra 1st round pick. Now Seattle’s stuck with a huge contract from an aging, and now injury prone player. Love it.

    And far as the draft, Seattle hurts itself again. For as much praise as everyone gives them for being “draft gurus” they haven’t drafted anyone since 2012. And now they won’t have a single pick until the end of day 2. And since they don’t have a 1st I no longer have to worry about a player like DGB dropping into their laps.

    Absolutely LOVE everything about this deal!

  59. For everyone saying “this doesn’t hurt the Seahawks cap”, please come back to reality. Most of your cap will be tied into about 10 players- Sherman, Thomas, Bennett, Avril, Wright, Chancellor, Lynch, Wilson, Graham, and you haven’t even signed Wagoner’s extension yet. That’s not good. Once Wilson’s huge extension is signed and kicked in there’s absolutely no way aroudn the fact that Seattle will be in HUGE cap trouble. Plus, since they haven’t drafted squat the last few drafts, they no longer have a good base of young, cheap talent. You can’t have it both ways, Seattle mortgaged the future a bit more yesterday. 2015 will be seattle’s last of this run before the decline becomes obvious, so enjoy it while it lasts Seahawk fans because it’s about to come to an end.

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