Jimmy Graham: It’s not great when you’re not helping team win

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Plenty of things have not gone as hoped for the Packers this season and the move to sign tight end Jimmy Graham could go on that list.

Graham has 46 catches for 549 yards and two touchdowns on the year and has been playing with a broken thumb in recent weeks. Graham said Friday that while he has a lot of offensive responsibilities, his “numbers suck” and he’s feeling down about how things have played out this year.

“That’s not what it’s about,” Graham said, via ESPN.com. “I just want to win games. If I have one catch for 2 yards and we win, I don’t care. But obviously it’s not great when you’re not helping us win, and that’s what I see.”

Graham has a $5 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the 2019 league year and the Packers would clear $17 million in cap space over the next two seasons if they move on without him. Graham said he’d like to “come back and maybe just be kind of more comfortable here,” but the team’s decision on a new coach will likely have something to do with the direction Green Bay takes with Graham and many other players.

32 responses to “Jimmy Graham: It’s not great when you’re not helping team win

  1. Another example of a player who once thrived in a team (Saints), then got greedy and never lived up to the hype after that.

    Had he not tried to get wide receiver money (and offending people in the process) he could have been much better off now.

  2. Well Jimmy, sometimes that is what happens when you go chasing the almighty dollar. Not sure if you noticed but the other team that offered you a pretty nice contract during the off-season has been doing really well this season (you know the team that drafted you). It’s funny how things work out sometimes.

  3. I remember the packer faithful proclaiming how awesome their offense was going to be now that the missing piece has been filled with Jimmy Graham.

    Bless their little hearts

  4. Didn’t Tony Romo insinuate that now that he has Aaron Rodgers, his numbers would be off the charts? It was an indirect shot at Wilson? Well Tony, you were wrong and now look like an ass.

  5. Jimmy has been fine. He is being hard on himself. Playing through some stuff all season which I respect. Jimmy will be back next year and I’m happy about that.

    The Bears will try taking Davante away like everyone does. No one has been successful at taking Davante away fully all season. If Randall has a big game again like week 1 and Jimmy can have a decent game, I like our chances. G-Mo had a couple big catches in week 1 as well and has been missed this season more than most realize. I feel the first team to 21 points wins this game.

    Bashaud Breeland is back from dealing with the death of someone close to him. Will be crucial to have Bashaud in the secondary Sunday. Hold Chicago to 20 points and we win this thing.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  6. contra74 says:
    December 14, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    I remember the packer faithful proclaiming how awesome their offense was going to be now that the missing piece has been filled with Jimmy Graham.

    Bless their little hearts
    ___________________

    Yes, almost as much as we heard how Kirk Cousins was going to light up the league, because Minnesota has so many more offensive weapons than Washington.
    Then, 84 million guaranteed dollars later………….

    You Barneys can be so adorable!

  7. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 14, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    Jimmy has been fine. He is being hard on himself. Playing through some stuff all season which I respect. Jimmy will be back next year and I’m happy about that.

    The Bears will try taking Davante away like everyone does. No one has been successful at taking Davante away fully all season. If Randall has a big game again like week 1 and Jimmy can have a decent game, I like our chances. G-Mo had a couple big catches in week 1 as well and has been missed this season more than most realize. I feel the first team to 21 points wins this game.

    Bashaud Breeland is back from dealing with the death of someone close to him. Will be crucial to have Bashaud in the secondary Sunday. Hold Chicago to 20 points and we win this thing.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Yawn

  8. I have to agree with the majority of posters here. He had a great run with the Saints and has done nothing else since. Little else. I hate the term “system player” but everyone thrives in a system, and then they often don’t when they leave it. Sorry Pats fans but Brady would be an afterthought if he played for a Hue Jackson. Graham was awesome because of the system. He is the one who didn’t realize it.

  9. Jimmy Graham has definitely been a bit of a disappointment this season.
    His overall numbers are fine, it’s just that everyone assumed he’d be more of a presence in the red zone.
    Scoring touchdowns was supposed to be where he made his money and it just hasn’t happened.

    The broken thumb obviously hasn’t helped, but let’s be honest, he wasn’t getting the job done even before the injury.
    At least we can say he hasn’t quit on the team, like TEs of the past have.

    With the season winding down and a new hire of a head coach on the horizon, Gute and the rest of the Packers brass will have to weigh Graham’s future with the team carefully.
    The Packers, at least, can get out from under this contract and free up some future dollars.
    That’s how you do free agent acquisitions and contracts.

    Rob Brzezinski is obviously quite the magician, he clearly made 84 million dollars disappear into thin air.
    That nobody in Minnesota’s going to see anytime soon.

  10. Looking at his signing objectively, something apparently a rarity in these comments, the guy hasn’t been worth the signing price. Free agent tight ends seem to drop into a black hole in Wisconsin. Admittedly, Mr Waffle, the same could be said for the Vikings’ signing of Cousins, and based on the Pack’s dismal record, their failure to maximize the even higher contact value of their fist ballot hall of famer.

  11. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    Why is Jimmy so disappointed? Green Bay is the team to beat, according to the Gumby’s.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Ask the Bears who they think the team to beat is, in the North Division. Get back to us.

  12. I don’t think whatever he did to get traded to Seattle from NOLA has anything to do with his injury.

    It takes time to get a groove going, it took til mid season to just after for Jared Cook and Rodgers to become a dangerous pair, and Bennet never was able to mostly cuz of his hands of stone… I’m sorry I meant “Should Injury”

    Rodgers was hurt earlier this year and now, and Jimmy is also dealing with it. So with ROdgers it definitely hurt their ability to maximize their effectiveness.

  13. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    December 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    Jimmy is getting upset!

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    Better than complacent. You guys probably won’t even win the division and your completely happy with being one game better than a team that just fired its coach.

    Jimmy will come back to the new staff. What coach wouldn’t want to kick the tires on this guy?

    McCarthy did virtually nothing with any tight end in his tenure. I did think he could thrive under Rodgers but it’s not happening in this scheme. Hopefully the new regime can get more out of these guys.

  14. purpleguy says:
    December 14, 2018 at 6:22 pm
    Looking at his signing objectively, something apparently a rarity in these comments, the guy hasn’t been worth the signing price. Free agent tight ends seem to drop into a black hole in Wisconsin. Admittedly, Mr Waffle, the same could be said for the Vikings’ signing of Cousins, and based on the Pack’s dismal record, their failure to maximize the even higher contact value of their fist ballot hall of famer.

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    Agree. The guy needs a look from the new coaching staff. Not saying mcdaniels is the choice, but at least his team knows how to use a tight end.

  15. purpleguy says:
    December 14, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Admittedly, Mr Waffle, the same could be said for the Vikings’ signing of Cousins, and based on the Pack’s dismal record, their failure to maximize the even higher contact value of their fist ballot hall of

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    Point taken, but the discussion centered on free agent acquisitions and fans expectations on each players’ impact in their new surroundings.
    Rodgers signed a contract extension and was already a known factor in Green Bay.

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