The most accomplished pass-catching tight end of the 2018 free-agent class is off the market. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Green Bay Packers are signing Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal, which gives Aaron Rodgers the best tight-end target of his career.
Packers intend to sign TE Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Graham, who has spent his eight-year career with the Saints (five seasons) and Seahawks (three seasons), isn't much of a blocker, but he's a touchdown machine. Since entering the NFL in 2010, he's caught 69 touchdowns -- only two players, Rob Gronkowski and Dez Bryant, have more in that span, according to Pro Football Reference.
Graham, 31, hasn't eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark since 2013 and he averaged only 9.1 yards per reception last season, but he'll immediately become Rodgers' best tight end because of his presence in the red zone. He's coming off a season in Seattle that saw him catch 10 touchdowns, all of which came inside the red zone. His dominance in the red zone takes on even more importance considering Schefter reported just minutes after news of Graham's signing broke. Nelson ranks fourth in touchdown catches since 2010 (one spot behind Graham) with 65., which
A year ago, the Packers tied for the fewest receiving touchdowns (two) from their tight ends last season. So even without factoring in Nelson's release, tight end was already a clear need for the Packers., thinking he'd become Rodgers' best-ever threat at tight end. But that move didn't work out. He was According NFL Research,
Mike Garafolo says on NFL Network to expect the Saints to make a big play now for Austin Seferian-Jenkins now that they have lost out on Jimmy Graham.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) March 13, 2018
It's been a busy day for the NFC North. Not only did the Vikings win the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, but the Bears then went out and for Mitchell Trubisky in WR1 , tight end Trey Burton, and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel. After seeing their rivals improve, the Packers landed the best tight end available in free agency.
Your move, Lions.