Brian Gutekunst says it’s his “understanding” Jimmy Graham wants to play

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General Manager Brian Gutekunst said Friday that it’s his “understanding” Jimmy Graham wants to play next season, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

What Guntekunst didn’t say was whether the Packers want the tight end back.

Graham is under contract with the Packers in 2020, scheduled to count $11.67 million against the salary cap in the final year of his three-year deal.

The Packers would save $8 million against the cap by releasing him.

Graham, 33, caught only 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games in 2019.

The Packers drafted tight end Jace Sternberger in the third round in 2019, and he returned from injured reserve to play six games and both postseason games. Sternberger caught three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.

60 responses to “Brian Gutekunst says it’s his “understanding” Jimmy Graham wants to play

  1. Saving $8 mil for just 38 catches when Sternberger had a nice showing in the NFC champ game. Thanks for playing Mr. Graham best of luck in your future endeavors. That $8 mil should go toward extensions for Kenny Clark and Bulaga. Let Blake Martinez walk as well and get an impact ILB in round 1 of the draft or free agency.

  2. 3-way 40 meter footrace between Jimmy, Marcedes and Jace. Whoever wins sticks around.

    The first two can get a 10 meter head start even.

  3. Release him. Not worth the buck$.
    Shy’s away from contact, goes down by first touch, and drops too many catches!

  4. Of course he wants to collect a big paycheck. Who say bye bye to a multi million dollar check. You would have to be and idiot to say no. The question is a matter of production, answer no, please go away.

  5. Noooooo – please release him. Yes he made some plays. Yes AR looked for him – but he and Mercedes need to go and we need young blood. We need Sternberger to step up and I would rather get the guy that the Lions dumped (Ebron) because he proved that he could play and maybe the Pack culture will rub off on him. But we dont need Graham because he is just too slow and he just blows too many blocks. Save the cash!!!

  6. Look at George Kittle in San Francisco. He was a fifth round pick. With Aaron Rodgers at QB, Jace Sternberger should become one of the best TE’s in football. Jimmy Graham is a luxury. You can never have too many weapons, but they all have to fit under the cap. Maybe that’s what Gutekunst is thinking?

  7. IMO, we need to let him go or bring him back for the vet. minimum. His salary is way too much for the (3) vintage JG catches we get a season from him. That 8 million would be better spent helping resign Clark or on some decent ILB’s

  8. What happened to the roughly $4M of dead money if we cut him. Either way he wasn’t worth it last year, and won’t be worth it next year. The Packers have ignored the tight end and line backer positions for a long time. Tight end is one position that I always felt was critical to the success of AR, but they ignor it.

  9. How many tight ends have pack used in last ten years? How about Jared Cook he wasn’t good enough ??

  10. Jimmy Graham has had his day in the sun. I remember he boasted in training camp that he would be showing everyone how great he would be in the upcoming season. Really?

    It’s time to part ways with him and Blake (feet in cement) Martinez as well.

  11. Gute has been at this for two years and a simple comparison from Year 1 to Year 2 as it relates to free agency is telling. The first year, he signed older FA’s (including Graham) in hopes that they would be as productive and that simply hasn’t panned out, Father Time remains undefeated. Year 2, his Free agents were all 4-5 year vets in their mid 20’s and all were contributors in their 14 win season.

    So will it be a shock to see Gute save the salary cap money on Graham, whether he wants to play of not? I’m not even sure that the Packer would be interested if Graham agreed to a huge pay cut.

  12. Another Greenbay FA bust.
    Millions payed for a washed up has been.
    Is it any wonder why this franchise struggles.

  13. Drew Brees made him a rich man. Still getting overpaid for his seasons with Brees tossing him the ball. Hasn’t lived up to it since. When will they learn?

  14. skolbrother33 says:
    January 25, 2020 at 11:07 am
    Another Greenbay FA bust.
    Millions payed for a washed up has been.
    Is it any wonder why this franchise struggles.

    ________________________
    Such tired takes…. Coming form a fan of a team that has yet to win a Super Bowl in 53 years. Talk about a franchise that struggles.

  15. January 25, 2020 at 3:03 pm
    Ted Thompson really ran this dumpster fire into smolders!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    They’re keeping their head out of the flames by standing on the Vikings’ shoulders.

    Scoreboard.

  16. bondlake says:
    January 25, 2020 at 10:36 am
    It’s time to part ways with him and Blake (feet in cement) Martinez as well.
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    Wait what? Just last off season Stella was telling anyone that would isten he was the best LB in football? What happened??

  17. Pro Football Focus has a stat called run-stop percentage. Essentially, it measures impact tackles. For instance, a first-and-10 tackle that limits the play to 3 yards or less is a “stop.” Among the 60 off-the-ball linebackers to play 50 percent of the run snaps, Martinez ranked fourth with 37 run stops, just behind Luke Kuechly (38) and Bobby Wagner (39). He was 15th in run-stop percentage, tied with Dallas star Jaylon Smith, ahead of touted top-10 draft picks Devin Bush and Devin White, and ahead of former Vikings All-Pro Anthony Barr.

    Scoreboard.

  18. stellarperformance says:
    January 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm
    Pro Football Focus has a stat called run-stop percentage. Essentially, it measures impact tackles. For instance, a first-and-10 tackle that limits the play to 3 yards or less is a “stop.” Among the 60 off-the-ball linebackers to play 50 percent of the run snaps, Martinez ranked fourth with 37 run stops, just behind Luke Kuechly (38) and Bobby Wagner (39). He was 15th in run-stop percentage, tied with Dallas star Jaylon Smith, ahead of touted top-10 draft picks Devin Bush and Devin White, and ahead of former Vikings All-Pro Anthony Barr.

    Scoreboard

    @@@@@@@@@@222

    Yes we see the scoreboard. As Bud Grant said in the 70s. Don’t take the packers lightly. These games against us are “their Super Bowl” Congratulations, you won your Super Bowl.

  19. Yes we see the scoreboard. As Bud Grant said in the 70s. Don’t take the packers lightly. These games against us are “their Super Bowl” Congratulations, you won your Super Bowl.
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    The only scoreboard I see is the one next week. But let the Packers fans enjoy their scoreboards. Those celebrations are fun to watch.

  20. Way to pick an obscure stat. How many all-pro or pro bowl selections has he had? Remember what you preached that the AP writers know more than someone commenting on a pft story.

  21. Why is Barney still here arguing with himself and crying about the Packers and insanely jealous of Packers fans? Creepy.

    Can’t wait to fly to Miami Tuesday morning for Super Bowl week. Will be such a blast!

    Life is so good! I am truly blessed.

  22. RMoss84HOF says:
    January 26, 2020 at 6:02 pm
    Way to pick an obscure stat. How many all-pro or pro bowl selections has he had? Remember what you preached that the AP writers know more than someone commenting on a pft story.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Right. So why do you insist on picking unnecessary fights? Repressed frustration?

  23. flviking says:
    January 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm
    Yes, we see the scoreboard. As Bud Grant said in the 70s. Don’t take the packers lightly. These games against us are “their Super Bowl” Congratulations, you won your Super Bowl.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Yeah, I’ve heard that for years and I don’t believe he ever said it. It’s just more wishful thinking on the part of Viking fans who’ve never enjoyed a real SuperBowl victory (as Packer fans have,) and, at your age, likely won’t. Packer fans know the difference firsthand. You don’t.

  24. I enjoy a Packer win over the Vikings very, very much. I won’t deny it. But, it’s solely and singularly because my enjoyment is found to be so irritating and annoying to Viking trolls. It’s the best. I can enjoy myself what seems (to you) like forever.

    Thank you for that.

  25. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 26, 2020 at 7:15 pm
    Why is Barney still here arguing with himself and crying about the Packers and insanely jealous of Packers fans? Creepy.

    Can’t wait to fly to Miami Tuesday morning for Super Bowl week. Will be such a blast!

    Life is so good! I am truly blessed

    @@@@@@@@@222

    I know what you mean. I’m climbing Mount Everest for the worlds tallest Super Bowl party!

  26. But, it’s solely and singularly because my enjoyment is found to be so irritating and annoying to Viking trolls.
    ___

    Now you’re telling me how I feel. 🤣
    More patting yourself on the back for things you make up in your head. Weeeeeeeeeeee.

  27. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 26, 2020 at 7:15 pm
    Why is Barney still here arguing with himself and crying about the Packers and insanely jealous of Packers fans? Creepy.

    Can’t wait to fly to Miami Tuesday morning for Super Bowl week. Will be such a blast!

    Life is so good! I am truly blessed.
    ———–
    Why are you and waffle always bragging in here about stuff? Are you trying to impress us? That’s your measure in life…the stuff you type into pft comments about yourself? Yes yes i am sure you life is amazing. spectacular even. 😛

  28. Jimmy was a flop signing for the packers. He has been done for years now. The packers are cutting this guy and saving $8 million.

  29. It’s just business. Sometimes you hit, sometimes you miss, just like any other business. Who really cares besides obsessed haters?

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