When Seattle acquired Jimmy Graham from New Orleans at the start of the 2015 NFL season, fans were excited at the prospect of having a lethal redzone target.
Being 6 ft 7 and 265lb, Graham was a monster. He set multiple records for the New Orleans Saints becoming the first Tight End in Saints history to have more than 1,000 receiving yards. In his second season with the Saints, he recorded 99 receptions for 1,310 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He is second all-time for most receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season.
His talents were so good that Seattle traded their Centre Max Unger and a 1st Round NFL Draft pick in exchange for Jimmy Graham. But ever since his trade to Seattle, Graham hasn’t looked like the Pro Bowl tight end he is.
In his first season for Seattle, Graham played 11 games as he suffered a season ending Pateller injury. He also had 48 receptions which was his career low apart from his rookie season where he had 31 receptions. He only caught two touchdown passes that season which was another career low.
Things looked up for him in the 2016 season where he had 65 receptions for 923 receiving yards and six touchdowns. His performances earned him a Pro Bowl call up, his first with Seattle.
However, throughout their last two games, Jimmy Graham has simply vanished. In two games, Graham has had one catch for a total of -1 yards. In their defeat against the Jaguars, Graham had zero catches on three targets. Against the Rams he had three targets for -1 yards. This could’ve been more had he been able to catch the ball, something he has been struggling to do this season. In order for them to reach the play-offs, they need their star man to emerge.
These next two games are make or break for Graham. He will become a free agent in the summer if Seattle doesn’t extend his contract. Currently on $10m a year, Graham must show why he’s worth keeping. Seattle will be left with a difficult choice come summer. They could resign him for another year and see whether the Wilson to Graham partnership can blossom even more, or they can let him leave and get a compensation draft pick.
Time will tell as to what happens to Jimmy Grahams career at Seattle, needless to say, it’s not looking great for a tight end who turns 32 next May.