The Green Bay Packers reportedly will sign tight end Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal. The former New Orleans Saint and Seattle Seahawk is coming to Green Bay, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Packers will give the veteran tight end $30 million in the deal, with $22 million coming in the first two years. Jimmy Graham received interest from Green Bay and New Orleans, his former team, but decided on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
The deal will be made official when free agency opens Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. The 31-year old tight end caught 57 passes for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Over his eight-season career, Jimmy Graham has caught 556 passes for 6,800 and 69 touchdowns.
Graham’s ability to catch and spread defenses with his size will surely be a big help to the Packers, who haven’t had an efficient pass-catching tight end since Jermichael Finley.
To many Packers fans’ sadness, the corresponding move to create space for Graham will be the release of Jordy Nelson after 11 seasons with the team.