Jimmy Graham | TE | New Orleans Saints
Posted: 7/16/2014 7:19pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said it was hard not to work with his teammates this offseason but did work out in Miami with free-agent LB Jonathan Vilma (Saints). He said he had a similar regime this offseason than what he did during the lockout in 2011, which produced one of his best NFL seasons. 'It was tough being away from the guys,' Graham said. 'The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had.'
Huddle Up: No worries about Graham showing up to training camp out of shape as he sets to work earning the big payday he just inked.
Posted: 7/15/2014 12:20pm et
Updating earlier reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be the highest-paid tight end in the league with his 4-year, $40 million deal with between $20 million and $21 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: As expected, the deal beat the deadline and put Graham atop the TE charts -- a place he's already held in fantasy the past couple of seasons. On the flip side, Graham is more important than ever to QB Drew Brees and the Saints' passing game considering the team's young WR corps and the offseason departure of pass-catching RB Darren Sproles, who's now in Philly.
Posted: 7/15/2014 3:06am et
The New Orleans Saints are close to a long-term deal with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. The team is optimistic that a deal will get done by the July 15 deadline.
Huddle Up: Graham is appealing the ruling that allowed the Saints to franchise him as a tight end, so if a deal is to be reached expect it to be for more than tight end money. Graham is valuable enough to the Saints that it would make sense to overpay him; if they do, it would alleviate a whole bunch of concern heading into fantasy draft day.
Posted: 7/3/2014 4:46pm et
The New Orleans Saints will now begin contract negotiations with the agent franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham, because the two sides were waiting on the ruling on Graham's grievance before starting contract talks. There appears to be a chance that Graham will not be interested in his franchise tender if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline and could hold out during training camp and possibly the regular season.
Huddle Up: The TE ruling was only the latest domino to fall in this ongoing saga with fantasy's reigning No. 1 TE, but even if a deal can't be struck, Graham needs to accept reality and realize the franchise tender is going to be the best he can do for now, even if it is obviously less than he's worth.
Posted: 6/18/2014 11:32am et
Updating an ongoing story, the franchise-tag grievance hearing for New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will resume Wednesday, June 18. A verdict is expected within five to seven days.
Huddle Up: The last time a similar situation occurred, the Ravens and Terrell Suggs reached an agreement before any formal decision regarding his position was rendered. So there's a week or so for Graham and the Saints to find common ground before the decision is taken out of their hands.
Posted: 5/11/2014 6:55pm et
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he believes the grievance hearing for TE Jimmy Graham will occur in about a month.
Huddle Up: If this saga has seemingly dragged on all offseason, it's because it has. Still it doesn't mean that Graham has any better chance of winning his grievance and being declared a WR. Look for him to be playing -- and playing spectacularly well -- under the TE franchise tag this fall.
Posted: 4/24/2014 1:08am et
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham likely will not participate in offseason workouts because of his contract situation.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, though fantasy owners would like to see Graham back catching passes from Drew Brees well in advance of fantasy draft day. Early August will do just fine in that regard.
Posted: 3/4/2014 12:28am et
New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham was officially tagged as a tight end.
Huddle Up: Graham has already indicated he won't report until his contract situation is resolved, and the Saints have demonstrated in the past that they won't necessarily move quickly just because Graham is a marquee player (see how they dragged their feet with Drew Brees, for example). So no reason to think this situation will be resolved any time soon.
Posted: 3/3/2014 2:21pm et
Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said there's no chance the Detroit Lions sign New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham to an offer sheet and surrender two first-round picks.
Huddle Up: Two firsts is an extremely steep price, so don't expect many teams to be chasing down Graham in free agency.
Posted: 2/28/2014 6:17pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham confirmed on his Twitter account Friday, Feb. 28, that he will receive the franchise tag from the team.
Huddle Up: Now the battle becomes is it the tight end tag or the wide receiver tag--a projected difference of about $5 million. Of course, the Saints could make things easier on everyone by just getting Graham to agree to an extension before things get contentious.
Posted: 2/26/2014 10:42am et
The New Orleans Saints and TE Jimmy Graham remain far apart in contract talks, by as much as several million dollars per season.
Huddle Up: The Saints went right down to the wire with Drew Brees before opening up the wallet, and this situation is shaping up in a similar fashion. Don't sweat Graham not being back in New Orleans until it actually happens.
Posted: 2/18/2014 12:14pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham is likely to file a grievance if the franchise tag is placed on him as a tight end instead of wide receiver.
Huddle Up: Yeah, expect the TE tag to be applied, and expect the follow-up grievance to be filed. It might not go Graham's way from there, but the bottom line is the Saints aren't about to let the talented pass- catcher go anywhere.
Posted: 2/13/2014 11:54pm et
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Jimmy Graham would not comment when asked if he should be considered a wide receiver or a tight end if he receives the franchise tag this offseason. The team has not had serious contract talks with Graham at this point.
Huddle Up: With Graham easily winning the TE Triple Crown (86 catches-1,215 yards-16 TDs) in 2013, he and his agent are targeting the WR tag, but the Saints figure to get their way with the TE tag. Stay tuned . . .
Posted: 1/24/2014 11:21pm et
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Jimmy Graham said he is not very interested in receiving the franchise tag this offseason because he does not want to play on a one-year deal.
Huddle Up: The Saints played hard ball with Drew Brees before eventually inking him, so while it may take a while look for the franchise to find a way to keep Brees' favorite target happy--and in New Orleans--as well.
Posted: 1/21/2014 10:56pm et
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has made it perfectly clear that the team still views Jimmy Graham as a tight end and not a receiver. The Saints would have to pay Graham considerably less with the franchise tag if he's deemed a tight end instead of a wide receiver. Loomis would prefer to work out a long- term contract with Graham, but the team is willing to franchise tag him if necessary. Last year, the franchise tag for a receiver was $10.5 million versus $6 million for tight ends. Graham lined up as a receiver on 67 percent of his snaps in 2013.
Huddle Up: A perfectly logical ploy by Graham's camp, but look for him to be classified as TE. Still after recording 16 TD catches -- one off the single-season TE record -- look for Graham to become the game's highest-paid player at the ever-important position.
Posted: 11/22/2013 12:11am et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham caught 5 passes for 100 yards and a TD Thursday, Nov. 21 in a 17-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: Graham's owners had been getting a little anxious with the TE battling a foot injury and only totaling 11 catches for 100 yards and no scores over his last 2 outings. But that was all forgotten Thursday night as the TE took advantage of a favorable matchup, doing most of his damage on a 44-yard scoring reception in the second quarter.
Posted: 11/20/2013 4:29pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (elbow, foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.
Huddle Up: He has played through the injury thus far, with mixed results. The Thursday game could be trouble, though.
Posted: 11/19/2013 10:45pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Huddle Up: Graham, who has been limited in both of the team's practices so far this week, has a combined 11 catches for 100 yards over his last 2 outings and will be looking to end a 2-game scoreless streak Thursday night in Atlanta.
Posted: 11/14/2013 1:17pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (elbow, foot) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: Graham's snaps were noticeably limited in the Saints' Week 10 blowout win over the Cowboys, finishing with his worst fantasy day (5-59) of the season. He remains a must start if he's active, but don't be surprised if he falls short of his lofty standards again this week.
Posted: 11/11/2013 4:55pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) played only 33 of the team's 83 offensive snaps in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys, but head coach Sean Payton said it was part of the game plan to limit Graham's snaps while he's been managing the pain of a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot.
Huddle Up: This isn't entirely new over the past few weeks given his injury, the difference being Graham was held out of several red zone opportunities and held in check from a fantasy perspective. He is still a must-start as long as he plays.
Posted: 11/2/2013 12:53am et
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) is hopeful of a more expanded role in Week 9 against the New York Jets. He said Friday, Nov. 1, that he hopes to play more than the 18 snaps he played last week. 'I'm not sure really,' Graham said. 'Hopefully I'll be able to play more, but that's all on (head coach Sean Payton) and all of our coaches and our doctors and what they think.'
Huddle Up: Graham should be a little healthier this week but he showed what he can do with only 18 snaps by scoring twice against Buffalo. As long as Graham plays, fantasy owners have to treat him like a TE1 regardless of how many snaps he gets.
Posted: 10/28/2013 1:43am et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) was a question mark all the way up until game-time in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills. He was limited, but still managed three receptions for 37 yards and a pair of scores. 'It's gonna hurt. But football hurts. That's just how it is,' Graham said Sunday, Oct. 27. 'It's just, 'How much pain can you endure?' And you know, I'm pretty good at that.'
Huddle Up: There is a lesson here: never bench Jimmy Graham. Except on bye weeks.
Posted: 10/21/2013 9:12am et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) is uncertain to play in Week 8. If the team had played in Week 7, it would have been hard for him to suit up.
Huddle Up: A little early to be sweating out Graham's availability, but Graham owners who had to cover for him on the bye week should keep that backup plan on the roster in case Graham can't go in Week 8.
Posted: 10/14/2013 7:57pm et
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) is still having his foot injury evaluated but there is a sense that he will be able to return after the team's Week 7 bye.
Huddle Up: This is the prognosis Graham owners need to hear as the TE would be looking at 3 straight scoreless weeks if he were to miss Week 8.
Posted: 10/3/2013 1:20pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month for September. Graham had 27 receptions for 458 yards and six touchdowns in that span.
Huddle Up: Graham is easily topping the fantasy TE charts through the first quarter of the season, and in fact has double the fantasy points of the sixth-ranked TE, the Bears' Martellus Bennett (Huddle Peformance scoring). He's also on pace to leave his stellar 2011 numbers (99-1,310-11) in the dust so if you own him, enjoy the huge advantage you're getting at the position.
Posted: 7/28/2013 2:17pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham elected not to hold out for a long-term contract as he entered the final year of his rookie deal in 2013. 'I'm a humble kid from very humble beginnings and I feel blessed to be in the situation that I'm in, so all I'm going to do is go out here and play football,' Graham said Saturday, July 27, at training camp. 'I think that's what I do best, and I think the rest of it will take care of itself.'
Huddle Up: Graham's 2012 numbers (85-982-9) took a noticeable dip from 2011 (99-1,310-11) but all signs -- Sean Payton's return, a contract year and the questions surrounding other TEs -- point toward the Saints' TE as fantasy's top TE this summer.