Thoughts on Jimmy Graham (if he is released by Green Bay) (1 Viewer)

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The most pressing need we have this offseason is a move TE. We have Josh Hill who is everything you could want in a #2 TE, but not a legit weapon at the position. We also have the UDFA WR turned TE Dan Arnold. Those are the only two TEs we have on roster, so we will have to either go fishing in free agency, the draft, or both.

There's some decent FA names being thrown around like Cook, Uzomah, Eifert, et. al. with Cook likely being the best of the group and therefore likely costing the most. One issue I have with any of these guys is that there's no familiarity with Drew. We need a TE that can get open FAST and with the size and hands to "be open even when he's not open". The other key factor is Drew's trust. Drew has been very selective doling out his targets. Anybody we bring in would have a very short amount of time to win Drew over and earn a legit receiving role in our offense. (this is just me spit-balling)

There's been rumors that Green Bay may be ready to cut ties with Jimmy Graham. If this happens, he would likely cost less than several of the top FA TEs. There is already a history between him and Drew, and he cut his teeth learning Sean Paytons offense. Although our offense has greatly changed, I'd think he still has less a learning curve than other TEs we could bring in.

Now Jimmy G is not 2011 Jimmy G... and I'm sure there are reasons he didn't work out in Green Bay. But what do you guys think about bringing him back in on a one year deal along with another younger TE via free agency or the draft? He would not be Gronk, Kelce, or Ertz. I get that. But he might be a good guy to have for a year while we polish a young guy for the future.

All this of course if he is released, his health checks out, and the price is right.
 

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The Saints can and should do better in FA or the draft..................so hell no!!The last thing the Saints need to do is to "feature" a washed up TE who still either can't or won't be on board with the TEAM concept!!
 

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Definitely bring him in. He won't cost nearly as much as he would have last year in free agency and he will do way better with Brees. I really want this reunion to happen but I'm also tempering my expectations.
 

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Hey not a fan of bringing him in if there is someone else better. If there is no other options and he comes cheaper or a good deal to be in an offense that allows him to be good, then why not.
 

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Didn't they just pay a roster bonus of several million dollars? There is zero chance they cut him if that's the case. It defeats the whole point of cutting him.
 
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Plz leave Jimmy where he is. I thought it was corny that we pursued him in the offseason. We need someone @ TE that ain't gonna get timid when things get overly physical. Let him be a pansy in GB
 

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No thanks. Don’t need a soft, alligator-arming tightend that doesn’t block well.
 
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Didn't they just pay a roster bonus of several million dollars? There is zero chance they cut him if that's the case. It defeats the whole point of cutting him.
The 5 million dollar bonus date is March 15th. If they cut him, they save 5.3 mil in cap, but have 7.3 million in dead money. So, yeah... they're likely to keep him. Did not see that before I made the thread. But hey, it's still possible. And it really is a slow news day.
 

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Weird how people will cheer the Dez Bryant signing but say Graham is washed up. I trust our current crew of talent evaluators to fill out the roster this offseason. Personally, I want young talent.
 

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The latest I read was the Packers intend to keep Graham for the 2019 season. The Saints will address this need, I'm hoping we draft a young guy. Saints are great at getting some great talent in the later rounds of drafts. Hopefully that can be the case this year.

I personally like Noah Fant out of Iowa, but highly doubt he will be there when we pick at # 62 in the second round.
 

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I think we need a younger more athletic Tight end then Jimmy. We need to start getting guys that will be in a great groove for when Drew hangs up his cleats and we have to deal with another QB that will never live up to Drew’s legacy. This guy will need tools and a great tight end will be very important!
 

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