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Jimmy Graham leaves Seahawks to join Green Bay Packers

13 March 2018

Graham had something of an up-and-down season for the Seahawks in 2017.

Graham and fellow tight end Luke Willson were both unrestricted free agents heading into the offseason for the Seahawks. The Seahawks decided not to retain Graham this year, so he's due to become a free agent on Wednesday at 3 p.m., which is when his deal with the Packers can become official.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport called it a "huge move" for Green Bay.

Graham's true value to the Seahawks past year was seen in the team-best 10 touchdowns he hauled in.

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Multiple Saints, including defensive end Cameron Jordan and running back Mark Ingram, used Twitter to recruit Graham back to New Orleans, but ultimately, the Packers made a better offer.

Graham has played the last three seasons in Seattle.

Graham actually caught a touchdown pass in his first game at St. Louis, and another in week three in 2015 against the Bears.

Two years ago, Green Bay added Jared Cook, who provided a spark in the postseason but was average at best when present on the field during the regular season. But, based on the Packers' recent history with renting tight ends they should be skeptical. They should be focused on paying for future production, not past production. But he didn't catch another TD the rest of his first season and had just one 100-yard-plus receiving game (140 against Carolina) before his season ended in week 11 when he suffered a patella tendon injury against the Steelers.

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Green Bay should focus on spending money on the defense and fill the tight end void via the draft.

Graham finished the 2017 season with the second-most receptions from Russell Wilson, racking up 520 yards on 57 targets.

According to several reports, Kirk Cousins is set to join the Minnesota Vikings and if the Packers stay put defensively, they will be playing for second place.

That leaves two: Nick Vannett and Tyrone Swoopes.

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Jimmy Graham leaves Seahawks to join Green Bay Packers