Jimmy Graham set to sign with Packers

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The Packers said they were going to take a different approach to free agency under General Manager Brian Gutekunst and that approach has reportedly yielded its first fruit.

According to multiple reports, the Packers have agreed to terms with tight end Jimmy Graham on a three-year contract. As with all the agreements being struck during the “legal tampering” window, Graham’s deal can’t become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday afternoon.

The Packers had a vacancy at tight end after last year’s Martellus Bennett signing went south midway through the year and Graham gives Aaron Rodgers a big target to shoot for in the coming season. There’s been speculation that the Packers might move on from either Randall Cobb or Jordy Nelson for cap reasons and the departure of either wideout would make the presence of Graham even more significant.

The Saints were trying to lure Graham back to New Orleans and quarterback Drew Brees mentioned the tight end in his first comments after signing a new deal on Tuesday. They’ll have to look elsewhere for help at tight end as long as Graham’s deal with Green Bay moves forward as planned.

90 responses to “Jimmy Graham set to sign with Packers

  1. ARod doesn’t like to feed TEs the ball, and Jimmy Graham might be the worst blocking TE in football, so…RIP Jimmy Graham’s short-lived career as a big-name tight end.

  2. Oh good, now we can get excited about him being a big value TE in fantasy, only to have him disappoint. It’s the older-Graham/TE-on-the-Packers way!

  3. Remember when Seattle “fans” were talking about how great their dynasty was going to be and all that noise? Now everyone on that team is leaving. The implosion continues, and it is beautiful.

  4. Yikes! Damaged good’s boy’s. Not looking too good this off season but we still have Rogers so there’s a chance. Can’t believe how we let Anthony Barr effect our franchise so much!!! smh. go pack…

  5. I feel he would fit better in GB than he did in SEA. Rodgers does make receivers around him better, and also did great with other TEs like Finley when he was able to play.

  6. Yeah I’m not convinced this is a great move either. Rodgers does best with a TE in the mold of Jermichael Finley and Jared Cook, somebody who can run up the seam and get past the defense. I don’t think Graham is that guy anymore, especially after watching him the last couple of years. He’s going to wind up getting paid a lot of money to jump for balls in the end zone and probably sit on the injury report.

  7. Signing with Green Bay is somehow revenge against New Orleans. Lol you Packers fans are hilarious. Good luck with Jimmy, when he totally whiffs on a block and Anthony lowers the Barr on your golden boy once again. Lol Packers fans…

  8. Vikings sign Cousins to a 3 year fully guaranteed ridiculous 84 million dollar contract bidding against??????? no one!

    The 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers sign Jimmy Graham a HOF Tight End that every team was dreaming of signing, to a team friendly contract coupled with getting their HOF Quarterback, back……..oh my goodness!

  9. Lol, the Packers make the same mistake again by signing yet another TE via free agency when they desperately need help on the defensive side of the ball. Will he be good. Sure, the guy is very talented and will contribute; just surprised that they spent money in FA on another TE.

  10. Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The Green Bay Packers vs. it doesn’t matter!

    Championship number 14!!!!!!

    Get your rooms booked in the ATL, cause we goin to the show!

    Packers Nation!

  11. NOOOOOOOOOOooooooo I doubt we get 6 games out of him for the entire year, rest of the time he’ll be injured.

  12. May not feel like it but it will be a good fit.. once Graham got games under him in Seattle post injury he started to ball. IF Russ Wilson could bring that out of him then Rodgers will make him a star again.

  13. not a good signing, athletic tight ends tend to thrive more in green bays scheme not over paid red zone targets. i guess if hes cheaper than jordy then it evens out but depending on the contract size i dont see this being a very good trade off. would much rather see this going towards the defense or some one who can take the top off of one.

  14. tonyzendejas says:

    March 13, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    ARod doesn’t like to feed TEs the ball, and Jimmy Graham might be the worst blocking TE in football, so…RIP Jimmy Graham’s short-lived career as a big-name tight end.

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    The next time you have a thought? Let it go.

  15. gooselife says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    Dude doesn’t block……a non blocking TE in this league is pointless, as seattle found out.

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    So why was he awesome in New Orleans? Maybe Seattle shouldn’t have had him blocking 70% of the time and played him more as WR as NO did? Just a thought? He’s going to me a MONSTER!!

    IT’S JIMMY TIME!!

  16. With Rodgers diminishing skills, a larger, short range target is a smart move.
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    Lotta dumb posts here but this one stands out. Rodgers lead the league in TD’s his last full season and was again in 2017 until the injury. What exactly are you seeing to lead you to believe his skills are “diminishing”? Or did you just see a packer story and feel the need to say something, anything, negative…rather it makes sense or not?

  17. kamthechancellor says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I think this is a perfect fit for JG. He should have a monster season.

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    I remember Packer fans saying the same type of thing last off-season about Bennett and look how that worked out.

  18. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    Yikes! Damaged good’s boy’s. Not looking too good this off season but we still have Rogers so there’s a chance. Can’t believe how we let Anthony Barr effect our franchise so much!!! smh. go pack…
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    allight59 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    Bennett 2.0…not a good start for Gutekunst. The question is when will he quit on the team?
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    If I was a Vikings fan, these guys would embarrass the hell out of me!

  19. Signing with Green Bay is somehow revenge against New Orleans. Lol you Packers fans are hilarious. Good luck with Jimmy, when he totally whiffs on a block and Anthony lowers the Barr on your golden boy once again. Lol Packers fans…
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    Pretty silent so far from pack nation…who exactly are you lol’ing at?

  20. Another TE Rodgers can ignore; but, I’m sure the line will love his blocking.
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    Ironically Rodgers last pass before the injury was to a TE.

  21. Yikes! Damaged good’s boy’s. Not looking too good this off season but we still have Rogers so there’s a chance.
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    When are you going to quit the “fake packer fan on an anonymous message board” schtick? It’s sad. A. He’s not damaged. B. This offseason is looking better than any over the last decade. C. It’s Rodgers. D. Grow up.

  22. So why was he awesome in New Orleans? Maybe Seattle shouldn’t have had him blocking 70% of the time and played him more as WR as NO did? Just a thought? He’s going to me a MONSTER!!

    IT’S JIMMY TIME!!
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    because seattle is “trying” to be a running team and he’s not a WR, he’s a TE. He was a monster, now he’s an oft injured non blocking big guy that gets pushed around.

  23. Swapping JG for JN. They are very similar players, in my opinion. Red zone threats and short yardage security blankets. JG should be cheaper than JN was set to be, and is a couple years younger. Not really a big deal, but sad to see JN go.

  24. niners816 says:
    Remember when Seattle “fans” were talking about how great their dynasty was going to be and all that noise? Now everyone on that team is leaving. The implosion continues, and it is beautiful.
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    Your team won 6 games and you’re drafting 9th.

    akaodoyle says:
    What? You can get a TE for less than a 1st round pick, and a Pro Bowl C? Has anybody let the Seahawks know?
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    You didn’t get a Pro Bowl center. You got Max Unger.

  25. When it’s all about the money then you know he doesn’t care about winning a SuperBowl. His best shot was in NOLA. Payton knew how to use him with his lackluster blocking skills. Now he’s goes into GB with only Adams as the other guy. So get ready to see a lot of bracketing and alligator arms from the Ginger of guy who’ll give you a solid 10 games on the Injury report.

  26. If I was a Vikings fan, these guys would embarrass the hell out of me!
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    Good chance it’s the same guy…and his name rhymes with hairyarmy.

  27. The smell of packer is in the air and the purple buzzards are circling. And scared. New OC, new DC, new gm, healthy AR, and some fa’s for once. You should be scared purples. Just like 09, you had your 15 minutes and now it’s back to the cellar you go. Enjoy your highest paid QB in the league though.

  28. Ironically Rodgers last pass before the injury was to a TE.
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    Was it last years marquee FA that was on his way to a 500 yard season and 0 TD’s before he quit on them; or, was it a different TE?

  29. Tight ends don’t seem to last long in Green Bay. From Cook to Bennett and now to Graham. Packers must be difficult to deal with unless your name is Rodgers.

  30. diveleft says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:46 pm
    I remember Packer fans saying the same type of thing last off-season about Bennett and look how that worked out.
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    It will take more than practice and Non pre-season to get chemistry going, but Bennett had the drops in one game he had 11 targets 5 catches and 4 drops, and in a different game asa everyone will remember Rodgers scrambled to for extra time to get Bennett the ball which he DROPPED, against the Vikings which was also the play eh got hurt on. It also took Cook 6-8 weeks to get completely comfortable.

    Also to EVERYONE crying about not doing anything for defense FIRST its a new GM and but more importantly you guys realize that FA doesn’t even start for EIGHT MORE hours. It hasn’t even started and some are acting as if its all ready over.

  31. Graham is 31 years old. I hope this deal averages 5 mil/year or less, or else the value likely just isn’t there. I hope the guarantees don’t force more than a season out of him. If Ted was right about something, it was taking a hard line on value. If the asking price is more than the player is worth, just don’t sign him.

  32. So you wanted a tight end who could block and catch. How about regardless of who The Packers signed you would have found a issue with it. Too old, cant block, cant catch, too much money. Its a no win situation.

  33. tjrubleysaudible says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm
    NOOOOOOOOOOooooooo I doubt we get 6 games out of him for the entire year, rest of the time he’ll be injured.

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    Yeah but it will be a more talented IR with Graham than it was with Bennett.

  34. All the best Jimmy! Would have loved to see you back with us, but you’re in good hands with Aaron Rodgers. Who Dat!

  35. truthbetold109 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    Yikes! Damaged good’s boy’s. Not looking too good this off season but we still have Rogers so there’s a chance. Can’t believe how we let Anthony Barr effect our franchise so much!!! smh. go pack…
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    allight59 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    Bennett 2.0…not a good start for Gutekunst. The question is when will he quit on the team?
    _________________________________

    If I was a Vikings fan, these guys would embarrass the hell out of me!

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    That’s exactly why there are very few sane Viking fans that visit or post on this site anymore. They all left, heads hung in shame and embarrassment at the behavior of the purples. I can’t say that I blame them… but I sure wish they’d come back and let the purples play elsewhere.

  36. “McCarthy is driving his train right off a cliff.”

    No doubt McCarthy will try making him into a blocking TE. He can do what nobody else could, because he’s a highly successful NFL coach. Sigh.

  37. In Teddy We Trusted says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    If it’s March, it’s time for the Packers’ annual free agent tight end signing. I’m sure this one will work out much better than the last two.
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    Why don’t you go talk about your annual “not-good-enough” expensive QB signing? You guys are due for another playoff victory around 2024.

  38. linemanguy74 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    I thought last year the pack had all kind of HOF tight ends. What happened ??
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    I thought last year going into the NFCCG the vikings had all kind of HOF defensive players. What happened ??

  39. There is no TE-offense in Green Bay, like you have with the Cam-rolina Panthers and to some degree prior, with the Titans, and formerly with Graham’s old team, the Saints.

    Jordy Nelson getting cut? Who’s gonna be Mister Rodgers’ “Linus blanket now” — Cam still has his, whom we know as Greg Olsen.

  40. If Jimmy Graham has enough left in the tank, Aaron Rodgers will give him some monster seasons.

  41. boiler72 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    Vikings fans lose their minds in … 5,4,3,2,1.
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    A washed up injury prone receiving TE that can’t block anyone goes to a team that doesn’t throw to TEs. Then cut the main guy they do throw to. As a Viking fan I’m scratching my head.

  42. This hawks fan is glad his salary is gone. He never earned it. He didn’t fit here.

    My grandma always said there’s no sense crying over spilled milk but I can’t help but wonder what would have happened over the last 4 years if they hadn’t traded for either Percy Harvin or Jimmy Graham. Neither trade really worked out and depth and OL became problems partly because of those trades.

    But grandma knows best…and now Richard Sherman is a 49er.

  43. JG never fit with Seahawks like he did for Saints. He didn’t block well and it showed. Until the Seahawks used him for Red Zone pass plays, he really wasn’t very effective. Not his fault; just the wrong fit. Great TE who will do great for GB, who will undoubtedly use him like the Saints did.

    Good for Seattle who get out from under a huge cap hit and maybe end up with a comp pick next season.

  44. Seattle didn’t have the OC or QB tools to utilize JG. I’m happy Jimmy gets to play with the greatest QB with the greatest arm before he retires. Good signing by the Packers!

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