Most nfl fans seemingly know how graham went from a basketball player at the university of miami to an all pro tight end for the new orleans saints. In the same offseason tight end jimmy graham signed a contract for 10 million per year and graham s deal was good for 7 5 of the 2014 salary cap.
Jimmy graham born november 24 1986 is an american football tight end for the chicago bears of the national football league nfl.
Jimmy graham autograph. As graham prepares for his first season with the chicago bears let s look back at what came before his days at the u. Parts of that journey at least. Some say that was a bad choice and that the bears should ve gone after younger tight ends.
Some fans were disappointed and they have the right to be so. They went out and signed former all pro jimmy graham. The chicago bears and general manager ryan pace raised some eyebrows this offseason when they signed aging tight end jimmy graham.
Graham played 55 of the snaps handled a 12 target share and posted a 38 447 3 receiving line despite appearing in all 16 of green bay s regular season games. Jimmy graham s nfl journey has been well known for nearly a decade at this point. Kevin kaduk kevinkaduk march 16 2020 https platform.
Graham finished eighth at tight end. Bears players signed a lousy cba and all they got from the extra 10 million in cap room was this lousy t shirt er jimmy graham. The reaction from the jimmy graham signing can be looked at in a variety of ways.
He played only one year of college football at miami after playing four years of basketball he was drafted by the new orleans saints in the third round of the 2010 nfl draft graham has also been a member of the seattle seahawks and green bay packers. However it s no secret that matt nagy s offense needs a tight end to work to it s full potential and both trey burton and adam shaheen were total busts last season. The tight end market had been just as dormant as cornerback until george kittle blew the top off with his 15 million per year extension good for just under 7 6 of the 2020 salary cap.
Kmet out of notre dame is the future. They drafted cole kmet in the second round 43rd overall of this year s draft. Jimmy graham is 33 years old and his career year was.
Kmet 21 joins veteran jimmy graham who signed a two year 16 million contract this offseason as well as 2017 second rounder adam shaheen demetrius harris acquired this offseason ben. However that signing wasn t the only one. When chicago signed veteran tight end jimmy graham to a two year deal worth 16 million with 9 million in guaranteed money there was shock doubt and outrage that reverberated through bears.