Graham is viewed by Bears general manager Ryan Pace as the pass-catching tight end after the team drafted Cole Kmet in the second round, reports Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-TImes. When discussing the tight end roles on the team, Pace explained that Kmet will be the Y tight end, meaning he'll be placed on the line of scrimmage to block frequently while Graham will be the pass-catching U tight end, who will function as a slot receiver. Assuming this equation doesn't change before September, Graham will be the tight end with the most fantasy value, though after averaging 540 yards and 2.5 touchdowns over the past two years with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, it's unlikely that Graham will be a top-12 fantasy option at the position.
The Bears signed Graham to a two-year contract Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Considering the uncertainty elsewhere in Chicago's tight end group, Graham forecasts to serve as the team's No. 1 tight end in 2020, with $9 million guaranteed on the deal and the potential to earn $16 million overall. In two seasons with the Packers prior to his release last Thursday, the 33-year-old notched 93 catches (on 149 targets) for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns across 32 games.
The Packers released Graham on Thursday. Graham was among a run of splashes at tight end for the Packers in recent years, accounting for 93 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns over the past two seasons. At 33 years old, he still has some tread left on the tires and can get a jump on free agency following this move.
The Packers are expected to release Graham on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. This move has been rumored since the conclusion of the regular season. Once it's made, the Packers will free up $8 million in salary cap on the eve of free agency. Graham will have the ability to sign elsewhere immediately after accounting for 93 catches (on 149 targets) for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns over two modest campaigns in Green Bay.
Graham is expected to part ways with the Packers during the offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Graham would earn $11.7 million in 2020 if the Packers were to retain him, while Green Bay would save $8 million by cutting him. The tight end caught just 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns in 2019, production that just isn't worth his current salary rate. Assuming Green Bay moves on from Graham, 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger would likely be the next man up for starting duties.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||New York Giants||25||8.00|
|5||10/09||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||7.63|
|7||10/27||@Los Angeles Rams||20||7.25|
|8||11/01||New Orleans Saints||8||6.12|
|12||11/30||@Green Bay Packers||14||6.78|
|17||01/03||Green Bay Packers||14||6.78|
|3 Year Avg||82||50||534||5||29||10.68||83|