Packers make a quick call on Jimmy Graham

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Things are different in Green Bay under G.M. Brian Gutekunst.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Packers are among the teams to already reach out to the representatives for unrestricted free agent tight end Jimmy Graham.

While the Packers being interested in adding a pass-catching target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t unusual, the method is.

Former General Manager Ted Thompson was notably averse to unrestricted free agency, but perhaps Gutekunst is going to be more willing to spend.

The Saints are also expected to pursue Graham, among others.

50 responses to “Packers make a quick call on Jimmy Graham

  1. The one thing that I dont like about this is the only way to make this work would be to drop either Cobb or nelson. You would not be able to keep all 3 of them on the team. But at the same time, a talent at TE like Graham opens up a new dynamic. Tough call.

  2. No chance unless they way overpay. Jimmy wants to come back to NOLA. He knows now that Brees made him what he was. That’s not gonna happen in GB cause they rarely use their TEs no matter who it is.

  3. Everyone, we need to see reality, Nelson and Cobb’s best days are in the rearview Mirror. Neither one can stay on the field like they use to. It’s better to get rid of a player a year early than to keep him a year too long…..by getting rid of them we clear almost 19 million in cap space….we could sign Watkins and Graham and Trumain Johnson for that….then focus on the O line and Defense…great players yes…. absolutely….two of my favorites, especially Jordy….but this is no time to be sentimental

  4. The one thing that I dont like about this is the only way to make this work would be to drop either Cobb or nelson. You would not be able to keep all 3 of them on the team. But at the same time, a talent at TE like Graham opens up a new dynamic.
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    Nelson will get the Donald Driver treatment. He’ll be a Packer till the end, so long as he doesn’t suffer another major injury.

    Cobb isn’t anything special. They could replace him easily.

    Graham won’t make the offense any better. His best days are WELL in the rearview.

  5. @johnclaytonsponytail

    You need to come to terms with the fact that the possibility of Brees being a Bill, Jet, or Bronco in 2018 is at about 90% right now.

  6. Bennett was known to have a frontrunner mentality before he came to the Packers. I have not heard the same about Graham.
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    Frontrunner? LMAO. The dude talked trash on his former mentor, Jason Witten.

  7. aarons444 says:

    March 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    When was Martellus Bennett ever close to the quality of TE that Graham is?
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    Have you seen Graham play the last 3 years?
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    Like the Jimmy Graham that lead the TE’s with 10 TDs last year? Travis Kelce was 2nd with 8 just fyi.

  8. cabosan1978 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    The one thing that I dont like about this is the only way to make this work would be to drop either Cobb or nelson. You would not be able to keep all 3 of them on the team. But at the same time, a talent at TE like Graham opens up a new dynamic. Tough call.
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    They can easily free up room without cutting either one. Jordy has already stated he will restructure his 10+ contract to help. If they slice by three and tell Cobb he has to do something similar they would have just about enough right there based on Grahams projected worth. I believe Cobb would go along because he wouldnt get 7 mil. out on the market.

  9. Like the Jimmy Graham that lead the TE’s with 10 TDs last year? Travis Kelce was 2nd with 8 just fyi.
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    The same Jimmy Graham that averaged 32 yards/game, and only caught 57 of his 96 targets this year (59%)

    The Packers have never had a problem getting into the endzone with Rodgers at the controls.

  10. cobb is inconsistent and Jordy is on the wrong side of his career while Rodgers best (and historic) years were with Finley who had very inconsistent hands him self , simply make the contract be very incentive based if it happens, no overpaying.. move on from Jordy/Cobb, Davis becomes number 2 after Adams (good for opening up the field since he is so damn fast) .. add late round WRs as this is the one area we seem to be realy good at developing, or at least Rodgers makes the guys look good.

  11. Everyone, we need to see reality, Nelson and Cobb’s best days are in the rearview Mirror. Neither one can stay on the field like they use to. It’s better to get rid of a player a year early than to keep him a year too long…..by getting rid of them we clear almost 19 million in cap space….we could sign Watkins and Graham and Trumain Johnson for that….then focus on the O line and Defense…great players yes…. absolutely….two of my favorites, especially Jordy….but this is no time to be sentimental
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    You’re funny. Nelson was leading the league in TD’s last year before Rodgers got hurt. Then he didn’t produce after because Hundley couldn’t get the ball out on time. I’d release Matthews who’s had maybe 5 sacks the last 2 years and is due 12 mil…

  12. Like the Jimmy Graham that lead the TE’s with 10 TDs last year? Travis Kelce was 2nd with 8 just fyi.
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    The same Jimmy Graham that averaged 32 yards/game, and only caught 57 of his 96 targets this year (59%)

    The Packers have never had a problem getting into the endzone with Rodgers at the controls.
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    Well who else were they supposed to throw the ball to? 5’10”, Tyler Lockett?

  13. Well who else were they supposed to throw the ball to? 5’10”, Tyler Lockett?
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    5’10 170lb Tyler Lockett – 7 receving tds in 17 starts as a Seahawk, 2015-2016

    6’7 260lb Jimmy Graham – 8 receving tds in 26 starts as a Seahawk, 2015-2016

  14. Frontrunner? LMAO. The dude talked trash on his former mentor, Jason Witten.

    Talking trash to an opponent and quitting on your own team are two entirely different things.

  15. .. move on from Jordy/Cobb, Davis becomes number 2 after Adams (good for opening up the field since he is so damn fast) .. add late round WRs as this is the one area we seem to be realy good at developing, or at least Rodgers makes the guys look good.
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    Name a late rounder Rodgers has made look good?

    Greg Jennings – 2nd
    James Jones – 3rd
    Jordy Nelson – 2nd
    Jermichael Finely – 3rd
    Randall Cobb – 2nd
    Davante Adams – 2nd

    .. Jarrett Boykin is the only guy I can think of, and he only made an impact because Cobb was hurt.

  16. Frontrunner? LMAO. The dude talked trash on his former mentor, Jason Witten.

    Talking trash to an opponent and quitting on your own team are two entirely different things.
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    Either way…he was trash…I don’t get your point LOL

  17. Either way…he was trash…I don’t get your point LOL

    That’s because you’re not very bright.

    There’s no evidence that Graham is a bad teammate or doesn’t work hard, or even that he’s much of a trash talker. But even if he were, so what? Michael Jordan was the biggest trash talker that ever lived. I guess you wouldn’t want him on your team.

  18. Let’s do this. It would feel great to participate in free agency. And, if Jimmy Graham comes to Green Bay, he will have his choice of TWO Applebee’s. I just wish we were serious about signing good free agents. But we aren’t. We don’t like outsiders. They make us feel self conscious. We like to stick to our own.

  19. speicher145 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I’d release Matthews who’s had maybe 5 sacks the last 2 years and is due 12 mil
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    He’s actually had 13 in the last two years, but I hear you. He is definitely overpaid in terms of his recent production, but unfortunately he’s still the most talented pass rusher on the roster. If there was anyone who could replace him that’d be fine, but that person isn’t on the team yet.

  20. Seattle never used Graham. With the poorest OC in the NFL and Russell Wilson’s inaccuracy they didn’t have the capacity to utilize Graham’s talents. Don’t blame Graham for that! Imagine, Graham running routes for the QB with the greatest accuracy in the NFL? Green Bay, what are you waiting for? Get this done.

    A Seattle fan sad to see Graham go.

  21. aarons444 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    The same Jimmy Graham that averaged 32 yards/game, and only caught 57 of his 96 targets this year (59%)

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    Russell Wilson’s inaccuracy is responsible for most of those missed targets. Why blame Graham? It’s not as if Aaron Rodgers was throwing to him, it was Russell Wilson. Get a grip on reality.

  22. Russell Wilson’s inaccuracy is responsible for most of those missed targets. Why blame Graham? It’s not as if Aaron Rodgers was throwing to him, it was Russell Wilson. Get a grip on reality.
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    Russ is the 2nd highest rated QB of all-time.

    Graham looked lazy and uninterested most of the last 2 years.

    That is reality.

  23. I would never underestimate what Rodgers could do to resurrect a receivers career – but Graham was just OK in Seattle, never lived up to his salary level, and and of all the moves the Hawks are making this off-season, this is one that doesn’t faze me at all.

    Graham is still a crazy specimen, his size makes him a mismatch for most DB’s, and he’s a fluid athlete w good hands (though w/some concentration lapses that cause drops) — but, he gets pouty if he doesn’t see the ball, and his speed is average at best these days. When you his route-running on replay, it does often look very uninspired. He’s not done, but he’s not worth a big-$ deal.

  24. Keep counting those chickens before aaron rodgers contract hatches.
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    You realize your team is about to spend Aaron Rodgers type money on Kirk Cousins right? And the big money we have spent on qb’s has made us a contender for 22 straight years….what has saving money on that position gotten the Vikes during that stretch? 2, maybe 3 playoff wins? Lol. Love when Viking fans act like their team has got it all figured out.

  25. 13xworldchamps says:
    March 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Everyone, we need to see reality, Nelson and Cobb’s best days…..by getting rid of them we clear almost 19 million in cap space….we could sign Watkins and Graham and Trumain Johnson for that….
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    I’m seeing reality just fine, thank you. YOU appear to be in one of Rick’s alternative realities, possibly playing Madden.

  26. petersjeffrey36 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    “Davis becomes number 2 after Adams (good for opening up the field since he is so damn fast) .. add late round WRs as this is the one area we seem to be realy good at developing, or at least Rodgers makes the guys look good.”
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    It will be Adams/Nelson/Clark next season if all are healthy. Davis runs like a confused gazelle, don’t see it happening.

  27. .. Jarrett Boykin is the only guy I can think of, and he only made an impact because Cobb was hurt.
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    Jeff Janis?…….kidding. Though with how he played in the Arizona playoff game I don’t know why they can’t take three shots deep a game p and let Janis play jump ball. Geronimo Allison gets sneaky open when Rodgers is on his game.

  28. Brandon Veber says:
    March 12, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    but unfortunately he’s still the most talented pass rusher on the roster. If there was anyone who could replace him that’d be fine, but that person isn’t on the team yet.
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    Nick Perry is a better pass rusher than Clay at this stage, despite only having the bull move.

    Perry broke his hand last season and had to play with an enclosed club, or it would be apparent.

  29. skawh says:
    March 12, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    aarons444 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    The same Jimmy Graham that averaged 32 yards/game, and only caught 57 of his 96 targets this year (59%)

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    Russell Wilson’s inaccuracy is responsible for most of those missed targets. Why blame Graham? It’s not as if Aaron Rodgers was throwing to him, it was Russell Wilson. Get a grip on reality.

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    This.

    Wilson is not an elite “throwing” QB.

    His best ball is a deep sideline ball from everything I’ve seen, and his height puts Graham at a disadvantage due to him needing to throw into perfect passing lanes.

    Wilson is not Brees. Graham could be special with Rodgers. He can drop the ball right where it needs to be on deep center field routes.

  30. aarons444 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm
    Russell Wilson’s inaccuracy is responsible for most of those missed targets. Why blame Graham? It’s not as if Aaron Rodgers was throwing to him, it was Russell Wilson. Get a grip on reality.
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    Russ is the 2nd highest rated QB of all-time.

    Graham looked lazy and uninterested most of the last 2 years.

    That is reality.

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    I would be uninterested with Wilson as the QB as well. They guy spent the first part of his career with Brees.

    You can talk stats all you want, Wilson is a far cry from Brees or rodgers. Graham is a better fit for the type of ball Rodgers can throw.

    Cobb should be sent packing, Nelson should take a huge cut or gone, and bring this guy in if the price is right. Adams and Graham would be a good foundation for the passing game. Definitely better than it is.

  31. aarons444 says:
    March 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm
    Like the Jimmy Graham that lead the TE’s with 10 TDs last year? Travis Kelce was 2nd with 8 just fyi.
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    The same Jimmy Graham that averaged 32 yards/game, and only caught 57 of his 96 targets this year (59%)

    The Packers have never had a problem getting into the endzone with Rodgers at the controls.

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    You’re right. Brady never needed Gronk either. So why have him at all?

    SMH

    In this day and age, one guy like this can make a big difference. Even though Brady is all world, Gronk puts that offense over the edge. Graham is worth the look.

  32. Wilson is not an elite “throwing” QB.
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    The numbers prove otherwise, beyond any doubt.

    He is the 2nd highest rated QB ever, playing in an offense generally devoid of any serious weapons. Graham included.

  33. In this day and age, one guy like this can make a big difference.
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    I’d love to have 2011-2014 Jimmy Graham. Sadly, that player is LONG gone.

  34. aarons444 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:18 am
    Wilson is not an elite “throwing” QB.
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    The numbers prove otherwise, beyond any doubt.

    He is the 2nd highest rated QB ever, playing in an offense generally devoid of any serious weapons. Graham included.

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    You sound like you’d trade Rodgers for him.

    You must be a badger fan soaking this guy up like you do.

    Rodgers
    Brady
    Brees
    Goff
    Wentz
    Roethlisberger
    Stafford
    Matt Ryan
    Alex Smith
    Newton
    Flacco

    Insert Wilson somewhere in the bottom 3

  35. You must be a badger fan soaking this guy up like you do.
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    Nope. Just able to see things objectively for what they are.

    2 Super Bowls, 1 Title, 2nd highest rated QB in history… with an offense half of the QBs you named couldn’t win with.

    Wilson is at the top of the 2nd teir of QBs. Fact.

    .. Flacco, Alex Smith? LOL

  36. If I was in charge of the checkbook at Packer Land the first thing I’d do is to get rid of Matthews. He’s like a 12 million dollar hit on the cap and a lot of help could be bought for that amount. He’s at the end of his career and it shows. I think he’s had like 5 sacks (total for the two years) in the last two years. Until we get a defense we’re not likely to be going far. The next move I’d make is a new head coach! He has one super bowl but his play calling may have cost us a couple of others. The coaching staff has a lot of new changes. We’re in need of one more!

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