Jimmy Graham | TE | New Orleans Saints
Posted: 3/10/2015 6:36pm et
The Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, March 10 acquired TE Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round draft pick from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for C Max Unger and a first-round pick.
Huddle Up: In a word, wow. The trades and blockbuster moves keep coming -- seemingly by the hour -- and this might top them all so far. Graham, who's led all TEs in receiving yards (4,752) and ranks second in TDs (51) since entering the league in 2010, is headed to the Pacific Northwest where he gives Russell Wilson the terrifying target and red-zone receiving weapon he's been lacking. Meanwhile, the TE's departure from the Big Easy leaves a gaping hole in the Saints' offense after leading the team in targets and receptions in each of the past four seasons.
Posted: 1/27/2015 1:17pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) caught three passes for 30 yards and two scores in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, and when asked if his performance would rule out surgery, he said, 'It should, which is really exciting.'
Huddle Up: Graham should have ample time to heal the rest of the offseason after the shoulder issues clearly hampered his production over the final six games of the season.
Posted: 1/23/2015 3:52pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we talked about and is something that's still being debated,' Graham said. 'This is kind of a trial to see where I'm at. I've had three weeks off and I've finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I'm going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100 percent'
Huddle Up: The shoulder certainly hindered Graham during the second half of the season, and if there's going to be surgery, it should be happening ASAP to give the TE as much recovery time as possible.
Posted: 12/1/2014 9:10am et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham did not have any receptions in Week 13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he was not even targeted once. Graham targeted the two safeties for Pittsburgh, FS Will Allen and SS Troy Polamalu, for breaking his crossing routes. 'Usually (defenders) wait until I break,' Graham said Sunday, Nov. 30. '(Polamalu and Allen) are smart players. I can tell that they're watching a lot of film and looking at tendencies and formations and splits.'
Huddle Up: Have the Steelers provided a blueprint for taking Graham away from the Saints? They didn't win the game, and gave up 162 yards to Kenny Stills in the process, so it may not be a popular blueprint. However, it does prove that Graham is fallible--and for many fantasy owners banking on Graham's usual double-digit points, at the worst possible time of the fantasy season.
Posted: 10/28/2014 5:18pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 28. Graham said he still expects to play.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Graham will be out there at something less than 100 percent Thursday night in Charlotte, but you pretty much have to roll with him no matter what given his propensity for scoring grabs as he displayed on his 22-yard TD catch in Week 8.
Posted: 10/24/2014 6:20pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as questionable for Week 8.
Huddle Up: Graham figures to be out there Sunday night after playing a week ago, and his fantasy owners pretty much have to roll with him and chalk up his pointless Week 7 performance as a circumstantial aberration.
Posted: 10/22/2014 6:11pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Graham owners were left in a tough spot last Sunday as the TE was well enough to play but clearly not well enough to contribute as he finished without a catch on only 2 targets. Look for signs he's making some health strides this week in practice.
Posted: 10/16/2014 6:40pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 16. Head coach Sean Payton said he's optimistic about Graham playing this week.
Huddle Up: Graham definitely made some progress Thursday and see if it continues Friday. This situation, though, definitely has the feel of a Sunday-morning game-time decision.
Posted: 10/15/2014 6:17pm et
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Even with the bye last week, Graham is a major question mark for Week 7. See if he can get on the field over the next 2 days.
Posted: 10/7/2014 11:28am et
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's (shoulder) sprained shoulder diagnosis gives reason for optimism that he could play in Week 7, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
Huddle Up: Expect the Saints to do everything possible to get Graham on the field following their bye this week. The good news for Graham's fantasy owners is that they'll have a short-term solution already on their roster thanks to the bye week; if Graham has to sit another week, simply keep this week's plug-in tight end around for one more game.
Posted: 10/5/2014 9:55pm et
Updating a previous report, the injury for New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is not believed to be serious, according to a league source. The team is heading into a bye, but it is still unclear if he will be able to return Oct. 19 when the team faces the Detroit Lions in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Graham looks like he avoided a serious injury. We'll know more about his status after the Saints bye week.
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.