Pete Carroll doesn’t anticipate locker room issues with Jimmy Graham

AP

Jimmy Graham scraped with Bruce Irvin in pregame warmups prior to the 2013 NFC playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks.

Defensive end Michael Bennett blasted Graham after the game calling the then-Saints tight end “overrated” after being held to just four catches in two games against Seattle.

Graham will now be joining that locker room after being acquired in a trade with the Saints on Tuesday.

Despite the run-ins with Graham in 2013, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll doesn’t anticipate the incidents causing any problems now that Graham is joining the team.

“I don’t have any thoughts that there will be a problem,” Carroll said in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “I think that’s gamesmanship and guys getting ready to play and all that and that’s all understood.”

Graham was warming up on Seattle’s side of the field prior to the Divisional Round matchup between New Orleans and Seattle in January 2014. Irvin approached Graham and told him to get back on his side of the field.

““He said, I’m Jimmy,” Irvin said at the time of Graham. “I said, who’s Jimmy?”

Irvin then swatted a football from Graham’s hands and punted it across the field as the players had to be separated.

Bennett then spoke his mind on Graham after Seattle’s 23-15 victory. Graham was held to just one catch for eight yards against the Seahawks.

Because he’s overrated,” Bennett said. “If he doesn’t get a chance to get the ball, that’s all he can really do — he doesn’t help in the blocking game — so I think he’s overrated and I’m not scared to say that on TV.”

Carroll said the team has already spoken with Graham following the trade. Russell Wilson had already reached out about setting up dates to workout before the players are allowed to practice together at the team’s facility as well.

“I know a number of our players have already contacted him and talked to Jimmy and I’m sure that helps him if he ever had any thoughts (about that),” Carroll said. “We’ve had good visits with him already as well. Yeah, I’m not worried about it a bit. It will be great to have him in here and get him with our guys. I’m sure they’ll get together well before we can start working here at the facility and expect that all of the groundwork for that relationship to begin will start all over again.”

28 responses to “Pete Carroll doesn’t anticipate locker room issues with Jimmy Graham

  1. Easy to say right now. He called that dude out in public and said he sucked. That’s not gamesmanship hahaha. He won’t say anything,but he’ll remember it.

  2. Don’t confuse playoff banter having any carry over. Best offensive FA acquisition yesterday. Nothing to see here but usual haters fear of Seattle actually having gotten better. Unger, the center they traded to NO hasn’t played much in 2 years due to injury. So Graham’s acquisition costs Seattle pennies to gain a Pro Bowl TE.

    But wait for haters false smack talk in 3-2-1….

    Who cares…Seattle has JG, and your team doesn’t!

  3. this seems to be an all in one or two year deal. Unless Lynch had told them this is his last year or Graham said he will renegotiate his context, can’t afford him. That’s a lot to give up for a short term rental

  4. When he was non-exclusively tagged…. he can negotiate with other teams.

    But sure we cheated if it helps you feel better about seahawks running train on the NFC again

  5. read up on literally any article on how the franchise tag works, then remind yourself how long graham was tagged for before he got his contract (the whole TE/WR issue…), teams could talk with him that entire time…. so most of last offseason.

  6. Hello? Phone calls…skype. no tampering. ..move along with your bitter nonsense

  7. Bennett is not wrong. Maybe playing with a more mobile QB will give Jimmy G more chances to freelance and make him more productive in critical situations. Wish him well.

  8. I wonder if the culture there will be turning Jimmy into a huge jackass like the rest of his teammates. And to the receivers there: he’s being brought in because you’re all mediocre.

  9. I recall Petey saying the same thing about Percy Harvin…..how did that work out?? Seahawk fans love the trade now, but in 1-2 years the team will be in the same salary cap hell that has bit numerous other teams and then the dismantling will begin.

  10. How did it work out? We traded Harvin mid-season and still went to the Super Bowl. Pretty good damage control, if you ask me.

    Don’t know any other GM/HC combos who would have handled it that well…most would still have him on their roster because they were afraid to take the hit to the Salary Cap, which would have resulted in locker-room cancer for the rest of the season and likely no playoffs.

  11. skawh says:Mar 11, 2015 5:58 AM

    Don’t confuse playoff banter having any carry over. Best offensive FA acquisition yesterday. Nothing to see here but usual haters fear of Seattle actually having gotten better. Unger, the center they traded to NO hasn’t played much in 2 years due to injury. So Graham’s acquisition costs Seattle pennies to gain a Pro Bowl TE.

    Graham, the TE they traded to SEA hasn’t played well in 2 years due to injury. So Unger’s acquisition costs NO pennies to gain a Pro Bowl C.

  12. On the outside, a married couple can put on the show that everything is great and everyone will see the fruits of their wonderful relationship.
    On the inside you see things that others do not notice, such is the case with Jimmy Graham.
    Coming from a Saints fan, there are many in New Orleans who are not as sad to see him go as there are Seattle fans happy to see him arrive.
    He thrived in a system that spread the ball around. He was never good when he was the main target for Drew Brees.
    He disappeared in big games, didn’t like getting hit and was a liability in blocking schemes.
    Add to that his surprising immaturity to never let go the fact that he wasn’t paid as a WR and you have a recipe for a player of his caliber letting go.
    He will be a good TE in Seattle, but the days of him putting up the best #’s for a tight end are behind him.
    I don’t know how this will work out for the Saints in the long run but I do know that the offense ran smoother when he wasn’t in the game.

  13. Not a Jimmy Graham fan. He’s a decent TE, but his arrogance just rubs me the wrong way. He needs a serious attitude adjustment. I think he’ll be a good addition to the team once he gets his head screwed on straight.

  14. He’s on PED’s too. Are there any Seahawk players who aren’t? What a classless bunch.

  15. “Irvin then swatted a football from Graham’s hands and punted it across the field as the players had to be separated.”

    Freaking hilarious.

  16. Well; my home team just let Revis, Browner an Wilfork get away for nothing in return. My next favorite team; the Seahawks with that exceptional young QB (Russell Wilson) just picked up the one guy and position that kept them from repeating as SB Champs. If Graham was on that exact same Seahawks team, it would have been a Seattle Blowout IMO. So guess which team I think will end up back in the SB this season. Hint: one of them for sure if the injury plague doesn’t hit them. The other one just signed Chimdi Chekwa to patch a massive sinkhole chasm in their new defense.

  17. The Seahawks signed Graham so they have a better receiver to catch goal line passes when the time comes again.

  18. Graham is not being brought in to carry the Seahawks. They are a very talented , well balanced team that just got better. The defense has it’s core group locked up for 3 to 5 years and is now working to strengthen the offense. Anybody who does not see this as an outstanding addition to that offense is just yapping hate speak and not really worth talking to. Great job by Coach Carroll / John Schneider & the whole Seahawks staff !

  19. I wonder what it will actually take for people to stop questioning PC/JS on their player choices? Their ability to not only pick talent, but to get the most out of their picks is unsurpassed. I can’t wait for this season, Go HAWKS!!

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