Packers: Four players whose future will be decided in final four games
1. Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham is only in the second season of the three-year contract he signed with the Packers in 2018, but it’s had to imagine based on his performances so far over the two years that he’ll be back in 2020. Graham has occasionally reminded us of the player he has been throughout his career, but these sporadic moments of magic don’t justify the high cap hit.
Graham has played 28 games with the Packers, but in that time he’s made 84 catches for 969 yards and, most disappointingly, only five touchdowns. Graham’s red-zone ability was one of the reasons it made sense bringing him to Green Bay, but he hasn’t made enough of an impact.
However, there’s a reason why the Packers were willing to give him a multi-year deal worth $30 million. If Graham can become a more consistent target in the red zone and a reliable receiver in the middle of the field, it would give the entire offense a boost. There hasn’t been much production from the tight end position for many years in Green Bay. If Graham can provide that down the stretch, it would open up the offense.
If Graham becomes a consistent receiver between now and the end of the season, the Packers may decide to bring him back in 2020. But he’ll need to be much better in the final four games of the regular season.