It has finally happened! The Green Bay Packers and Jimmy Graham are no more.
Packers are releasing TE Jimmy Graham on Thursday, per source. He will become an immediate free agent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2020
According to Adam Schefter, the Green Bay Packers are releasing Jimmy Graham. The veteran tight end spent two seasons with the the team. Over the course of that time, Graham caught 93 passes for just over 1,000 yards and 5 touchdowns. It was the touchdown number that was the most disappointing. Even after losing a step due to injuries, he could still find the end zone. In 2017, his final year with the Seahawks, Graham had 10 touchdown grabs. To get half of that over two full seasons combined is quite the letdown.
Personally, I was not surprised by the move. I wrote about releasing several players (Graham among them) when ranking the Packers offseason priorities. Cutting Graham saves Green Bay $8 Million in salary cap space. Considering their strong need at several positions, having Graham on the roster did not make sense. Heck, I thought it was a mistake to sign him from the get-go.
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Not to disparage Graham too much. He did, after all, make several key plays during the Packers 2019 season. It all began in week 1 as Graham hauled in the only score of the game in Green Bay’s 10-3 victory over the Bears. Even in the playoffs, he came through. During the team’s Divisional Round matchup, it was Graham who caught a pass and gained the initial Packers first-down. That third-down conversion was key to keeping Green Bay’s scoring drive alive, allowing them to get a lead in a playoff game.
And so ends the story of Jimmy Graham in Green Bay. There were retirement rumors earlier in the offseason. Perhaps this is the last we shall see of Graham in the NFL. Or maybe he will catch on with another team. Either way, be sure to stay connected to Full Press Coverage for up to date NFL news.