One year after swinging for the fences and missing extravagantly with a free agent tight end signing, the Green Bay Packers are trying again.
The Packers are reportedly signing Jimmy Graham to a three-year contract, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Initial rumors throughout the day on Tuesday indicated that Graham’s price may be as high as $10 million per year, but details are not yet clear on what his compensation will be.
In 2017 with the Seattle Seahawks, Graham caught 57 of 96 targets for 520 yards (just a 9.1 average). However, he did score 10 touchdowns, a sign that he remains a dangerous weapon on jump balls and in the red zone. However, that yards-per-reception average was three yards below his career average and a full five yards lower than his average in 2016, when he had 923 yards and 14.2 yards per catch.
This makes 2018 the third straight season that the Packers signed a free agent tight end; they signed Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks in 2017 after bringing in Jared Cook on a one-year deal in 2016.