Report: Packers expected to pay Jimmy Graham’s roster bonus

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There’s been talk recently about whether the Packers will move on without tight end Jimmy Graham in 2019, but a report on Tuesday indicates Graham will be back for a second season in Green Bay.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team is expected to pay Graham’s $5 million roster bonus by the March 15 deadline to do so. Graham is also set to make a salary of $3.45 million in the second year of the three-year deal he signed with the team last March.

Moving on from Graham would save the team over $5.3 million in cap space while leaving over $7.3 million in dead money.

Graham caught 55 passes for 636 yards and two touchdowns during the 2018 season. He said late in the year that his “numbers suck,” but that the team’s poor record bothered him more than anything having to do with his production. It appears he’ll have a chance to improve on both fronts in 2019.

56 responses to “Report: Packers expected to pay Jimmy Graham’s roster bonus

  1. Well, not to toot my own horn, but I was one of few that said it is more likely he is back than cut.

    It is still not a guarantee he will be back, but it is indeed more likely than not.

    I still think Gute will draft a TE at some point in the draft, but it is important to have a vet out there and not depend too much on a player in his first season.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  2. They have a group of WR that will consist of Adams and a group that have 1 season experience. Rodgers didnt practice cuz of his injury making it hard to develop chemistry with him.

    I think keeping him for one more year isn’t a terrible option. I know his run blocking leaves something ton be desired, but it both Rodgers and Graham stay healthy I expect both stats and wins to improve.

  3. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    January 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm
    Not sure I like this move. The Packers better start making good roster decisions or they’ll be joining Minnesota in watching the playoffs from home again.
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    Hey methhead!

    Vikings made the playoffs last year seems like we’re joining the Packers who are about to make it 3 straight years watching the playoffs from home. Might want to lay off the smack.

  4. He can always block to pick up the slack from low production. This will also keep the defense off balance. You never know whether Jimmy is going to run a 10 yard wandering stick route, or stay in and block defensive ends. He is a true jack of all trades.

  5. I’ll leave decisions like this to persons that know the game better than Packer-hating trolls. One thing I know for certain……..every other NFCN team is preparing for one player and one team; Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. They know that’s where their “guarantees” begin and end.

  6. Alan Light says:
    January 29, 2019 at 3:36 pm
    This has Detroit worried they won’t overtake Green Bay for 3rd place next year…should be quite the battle for last in the North.
    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    What does 2nd place in the division get you? 58 years of futility and counting.

  7. Injuries between the 2 of them had them practice, what 10 times together for the season. Barring injuries and the new scheme I would expect better #’s. Not much to gain cutting him this year but if next season turns out the same get cut him.

  8. I think this decision will be made at the head coaching level, not the GM. If it were the GM, he’s gone. The new head coach will have a new system so he has to make the call if Graham will fit in the new system. I don’t know how accurate this report is and I don’t have a problem with it, either way, it’s not like GB is stuck paying $84 million guaranteed to a player that chokes in prime time.

  9. This is a call that could’ve gone either way.
    His numbers at the TE position weren’t as bad as some will lead you to believe, at least not between the 20s.
    What truly lacked was Graham being a difference maker in the red zone, which is what the Packers were paying for.

    Whether that was an issue due to chemistry, scheme or deteriorating physical skills, it will have to be addressed by LaFluer and his staff.
    With a still young and somewhat inexperienced receiving corps, Graham provides a layer of security, albeit an expensive one.
    Obviously TE will still be a draft day consideration, but at least now it can wait until day 3.

    Cutting Nick Perry is a forgone conclusion and will put an exclamation point on that mistake.
    Which will be enough dead money, but an overall savings, to carry over next season.

  10. “they do so with the belief that TE Jimmy Graham will be back for 2019, source said.”

    ******

    When a report isn’t a report at all. That’s my belief.

  11. I don’t think McCarthy used him correctly and imo its a move Gutekunst has to make. Packers need more targets around rodgers not less – and although he is not “Saints Jimmy” I think he can still be productive enough to justify the money. A new scheme change could be just what he needs. He can still be a great red zone threat.

    P.S. Can we stop with the whole packers-vikings girl fights on here? Every thread, it never fails.

  12. All the people that want to cut him… you gain no cap flexibility. You have no one behind him. Even if you draft a TE high in the draft, TE never really pan out first year. So where is the point of cutting him?

    The answer. There isn’t one. He played injured in a dated offense, that past TE’s have said isn’t based around the TE, which honestly isn’t a shock seeing it took years for them to replace Finley with an actual TE in Graham. If he stinks up the joint next year… then you cut him. The contract was always set up as a two year deal. Anyone with a sense of logic can see that. People need to chill.

  13. Well, at least they won’t be dipping into free agency to get another tight end which they had done 3 years in a row. Graham still has some good years ahead of him but the packers still need to improve at the TE and WR positions and give Rodgers some more weapons.

  14. if u wanna boycott dat, boycott dat right. make sure your tv is ON but NOT ON the superbowl on cbs. put it on NBC or Fox or something else. let them know we dont appreciate the meddling

  15. “I think the decision will be made at the head coaching level and not the GM”

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    You have zero clue what you are talking about. Gute makes the decisions on ALL personnel moves. Gute and LaFleur are in constant communication, but it’s Gute’s call.

  16. I believe Gutekunst still drafts a TE before the end of Day 2 regardless of Graham. Lance Kendricks and Marcedes Lewis are probably not going to be resigned. Tonyan is interesting but he’s replaceable. Keeping Graham means they’ll have a real veteran at TE in training camp; having veterans is of the important things Thompson didn’t seem to understand.

  17. whodatalien says:
    January 29, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    if u wanna boycott dat, boycott dat right. make sure your tv is ON but NOT ON the superbowl on cbs. put it on NBC or Fox or something else. let them know we dont appreciate the meddling

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    I am boycotting you. How bout dat? Enjoy the view from dat couch. Perhaps if Brees didn’t throw dat pick, or if your defense didn’t allow them into field goal position twice, or if Payton just ran dat ball instead of passing, etc – you had plenty of chances to win dat game. Blown call or not, you lost dat.

  18. torgow says:
    January 29, 2019 at 3:45 pm
    He can always block to pick up the slack from low production.
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    I just coughed out salad and had to clean up my keyboard after reading this. Jimmy Graham and block are never said together, for good reason. The Packers could get a better block from literal cheese than they ever will from Graham.

  19. Graham’s numbers are only bad when viewed in the context of the red zone inefficiency, which is admittedly what the Packers paid him for. Was he worth the money? I would say not, at least not this year, but the Packers do not have a guaranteed option to replace and have bigger holes on their team than at TE. In addition, the offense has been bad as a whole and their receivers are still very young across the board, so having a veteran at TE saves them a lot of trouble for the moment. His problem is that his blocking has always been questionable, and LaFleur could use a decent blocker (and a workhorse HB, for that matter).

    Someone mentioned Nick Perry…that guy should have been out the door years ago. At least Matthews can play ILB, Perry is just kind of useless in non-contract years.

  20. whodatalien says:
    January 29, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    if u wanna boycott dat, boycott dat right. make sure your tv is ON but NOT ON the superbowl on cbs. put it on NBC or Fox or something else. let them know we dont appreciate the meddling

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    I plan to put the Super Bowl on all three TVs in the house, and stream it to both phones and tablets. Is that a help?

  21. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 29, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    You have zero clue what you are talking about. Gute makes the decisions on ALL personnel moves. Gute and LaFleur are in constant communication, but it’s Gute’s call.
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    Absolutely to think anything else would be foolish, and not communicating would make things even harder than they need to be. For instance when GB went to the 3-4 defense, TT used two 1st round picks on making that transition quicker and easier, for the team.

    Much like if Zona is going to be in a 3-4 defense Allen from Kent. is likely a better option to draft than Bosa, who wouldn’t be as good of a fit for them in that scheme. The same goes for offense, you want players that fit the scheme so that in 3 seasons they can learn, know, and then thrive, in those schemes.

  22. stellarperformance says:
    January 29, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I’ll leave decisions like this to persons that know the game better than Packer-hating trolls. One thing I know for certain……..every other NFCN team is preparing for one player and one team; Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. They know that’s where their “guarantees” begin and end.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    “…..every other team is preparing for one third-place player and one third-place team; Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.”

    Yeah, I am sure the Vikings and Bears are really worried about facing a bottom-feeding team.

  23. While it’s true not many tight ends have had impact lately for GB, I don’t blame McCarthy for that. He frequently talked about wanting a big guy running down the middle of the field. Packers unfortunately haven’t had a good TE who could run since Finley. I don’t see how anyone can “design an offense” around guys who can’t run, and that’s where Graham is these days.

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    January 29, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    Remember when it was claimed this guy was as good as Gronk?
    LOL!
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    No, because they are different players. Graham was a better route runner and more athletic. Gronk was a better blocker, has the better hands, and does a variety of little things much better. The one thing that both share today is that they are a mere shell of what they once were.

  25. Just another indication that Packers management realizes the lack of talent on the team . Paying $8.4 mil for a one dimensional TE who is well beyond his prime because you have so many holes on the roster is laughable .Doing this proves what everyone outside Green Bay already knew the team is closer to the top of the draft rather then the top of the standings.

  26. hoggerboston says:
    January 29, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    Translation: GM Aaron Rodgers, Head Coach Aaron Rodgers and QB Aaron Rodgers has decided he wants Graham on the team.

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    Then answer this, Boogerhoston — why did the Packers not resign Jordy Nelson and Jared Cook, both of whom Rodgers wanted to keep?
    You Rodgers haters should really get a life. Your jealousy of this man is unbelievable.

  27. This isn’t a system issue (MM’s or any one else’s), a health issue, or even a cap issue (although his hit is unusually high for his production level); rather it’s an age-related ability issue. Graham was effective, and teams could overlook his complete inability and/or desire to block, when he had speed and quickness. Age and injury have negated those traits, basically making him a tall guy to throw fades to in the red zone. Regardless of the system, if a TE can’t excel with the best QB in the NFL, he has to look in the mirror — and at his birth certificate and medical history — for the causes.

  28. He’s on a performance par with Kyle Rudolph. Their contractual guarantees are similar as well. If Rudolph is a most-vaunted TE, then I guess Graham is too……….there goes that unnecessary Viking-troll fight to pick.

  29. tylawspick6 says:

    January 29, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Remember when it was claimed this guy was as good as Gronk?

    LOL!
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    Well considering from 2011 to 2014 Graham averaged 89 receptions, 1099 yards, 11.5 tds during the same time Gronk averaged 66.5 receptions, 958.25 yards and 11 yrs, you can easily make the case Graham was better. Also yes Gronk missed games but availability is a big part. In their career Graham also has 90 more receptions and Gronk has 8 more tds and 425 more yards so you can make the case for either one. If you want to go with just this season even they match up comparably. Graham had 8 more receptions but 1 less td and only 46 yards less.

  30. chris1cat says:
    January 29, 2019 at 6:21 pm
    Lol this is awesome!
    This organization is headed for years of
    total disaster.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    This is the same, typical, annual wishful thinking expressed by frustrated Viking fans for nearly three decades. How’s that working out for you?

  31. whodatalien says:
    January 29, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    if u wanna boycott dat, boycott dat right. make sure your tv is ON but NOT ON the superbowl on cbs. put it on NBC or Fox or something else. let them know we dont appreciate the meddling
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    I have a picture of Sean Payton’s face after the loss as wallpaper on my phone. SKOL CLAP! You like Dat?!!

  32. “Tonyan is interesting, but he’s replaceable”

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    Gute kept 4 TE’s this past season and will keep at least 3 this upcoming season. I would expect Tonyan to be around. Lewis has a slight chance to be kept as well, his blocking is a huge asset. Kendricks is as good as gone.

    After the draft I’d like to see at least these 3 TE’s in Green Bay for mini-camp.

    Jimmy Graham

    T.J. Hockensen

    Robert Tonyan

    Getting Hockensen probably means taking him with their 2nd first round pick at #30 which I wouldn’t be against. He would be the future at the position and possibly the present if be blows people away in camp. I am not in love with many other TE’s in the draft, but perhaps Gute thinks he can find quality at the position later.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  33. purpleguy says:
    January 29, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    This isn’t a system issue (MM’s or any one else’s), a health issue, or even a cap issue (although his hit is unusually high for his production level
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    How do you know if it was or wasnt in MM’s scheme? He didn’t fit in Sea. cuz he was asked to run block more cuz that was their offensive focus.

    Also you need reps with new players to get comfortable with them. Even after an entire season of playing together Cousins was trying to show Theilen how to run a route.

  34. Liberalsruineverything says:
    January 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    whodatalien says:
    January 29, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    if u wanna boycott dat, boycott dat right. make sure your tv is ON but NOT ON the superbowl on cbs. put it on NBC or Fox or something else. let them know we dont appreciate the meddling
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    I have a picture of Sean Payton’s face after the loss as wallpaper on my phone. SKOL CLAP! You like Dat?!!
    _______________

    I’m not quite sure who I find more nauseating, Saint fans that won’t stop talking about how badly they were screwed (We get it! Your team got screwed.) or whining Barney fans that still complain (Though no one but them are even sure why.) about a game their team lost almost a decade ago.

    Most knowledgeable fans would concede that 12 men in the huddle, clock mismanagement, AP’s fumble fingers, Favre’s penchant for throwing late game picks instead of walking the ball into FG range, have more to do with at NFC Conference Championship loss than anything the Saints did to them.

    But, if it’s one thing Barney fans excell at, it’s hanging onto their irrational hatred and spewing venom for all of the delusional injustices their team has suffered over the years.
    Packer fans know this better than anyone. skoLOL!!!

  35. I’m not quite sure who I find more nauseating,
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    I was at the Monday night game at the Metrodome when Favre went up and down the field on the Packers. All of the Packer fans I saw looked pretty nauseated……..

  36. diveleft says:
    January 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Yeah, I am sure the Vikings and Bears are really worried about facing a bottom-feeding team.
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    The Bears were the last place team in the division since 2014 and didn’t win more than 6 games until this season. Things can change in a hurry in today’s NFL.

  37. The Seahawks exposed Jimmy years ago. They told the truth about him before a playoff game. Jimmy is soft and after they shut him down he never was the same.

  38. Contrary to popular belief this is a very smart move. There’s zero reason to cut Graham and take the huge cap hit when all it’s going to do is make the team worse by ridding them of a good TE. Rodgers and Graham were only just beginning to get on the same page at the end of the season due to injuries anyway. Another year together can only improve their chemistry.

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