When Jimmy Graham signed a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers in March 2018, many expected the tight end to take the Packers’ offense to a new level. They did not expect him to eventually sign with the Chicago Bears.
That did not happen.
In fact, Graham made it just two years into his contract with Green Bay before being cut earlier this month.
He proceeded to sign with the Chicago Bears, so he’ll get to see the Packers twice a year now. Graham is also insisting that he has something left in the tank, regardless of what his critics say:
“I’m still fast and I still have the ability to make big plays,” Graham said Thursday afternoon in a teleconference, via Jason Lieser of The Chicago Sun-Times. “Obviously over the last two years, it’s been very difficult for me. In my career, up until these last two years, I’ve never really failed in that. It was a tough pill to swallow. It was the first time I’ve lost my job. I work extremely hard. I’ve sacrificed everything for this game. To go through that was difficult. Now I have the opportunity to win a bunch of games this year, and I’m very grateful for that.”
A five-time Pro Bowler, Graham certainly knows what it takes to be successful in the NFL, but at the age of 33, many have rightly questioned if his best days are long gone.
But Graham says that the doubters are motivating him to push forward:
“For me, it’s lit a fire. I know what kind of player I am and I know what I can do,” said Graham. “… If I didn’t think I had the ability to dominate this league, then I wouldn’t play anymore. But I still believe I have that ability.”
Graham logged just 38 catches for 447 yards and three touchdowns this past season, his worst numbers since his rookie campaign back in 2010.