The Green Bay Packers are signing tight end Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal.
The Packers have been searching for a premier tight end ever since they lost Jermichael Finley in 2013. They might finally have their man.
New general manager Brian Gutekunst has made his first significant signing in Green Bay, as the Packers have reportedly reached an agreement with former Saints and Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham.
Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted:
The question now is how much money did the Packers have to pay to land the five-time Pro Bowler? Considering the Saints were reportedly interested in reuniting with the tight end, it’s likely he earned a big deal.
So what is Graham going to bring to Green Bay?
Aaron Rodgers will now have a major red zone target. In eight years, Graham has posted 69 touchdowns. He has scored double-digit touchdowns in four of those seasons, including his most recent in Seattle.
Outside of a significant knee injury he suffered in 2015, Graham has also been durable throughout his career. He’s only had one season where he hasn’t played 15 regular season games.
While Graham might not be the dominant tight end he once was, he can still cause defenses a number of problems in the red zone. Rodgers will love that — he now has a 6-foot-7, 265-pound target to help find the end zone.
The Packers haven’t been afraid to make moves at the tight end position in recent years. Graham is now the fourth free agent the team has signed at the position in the past three years, following Jared Cook, Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks. This is the biggest yet.
This is an upgrade for the offense.
Will there be any more big signings to come?