Packers leaning on retaining Jimmy Graham for another season
The Green Bay Packers made headlines with the addition of tight end Jimmy Graham last offseason. Unfortunately, the move fell vastly short of expectations.
As a result, there has been plenty of speculation regarding his future with Green Bay amidst all their recent changes. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Packers still plan on keeping him around for the 2019 NFL season:
When the Packers prepare for the offseason, they do so with the belief that TE Jimmy Graham will be back for 2019, source said. He’s due a $5M roster bonus on 3/15, and the expectation now is they pay it and he returns. Another season with Aaron Rodgers.
There was plenty of hype surrounding Graham’s arrival last year. Many thought the five-time Pro Bowler would flourish as quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ favorite red zone target. Unfortunately, the two were never really able to get on the same page.
Graham’s lack of chemistry with Rodgers resulted in a tremendous dip in production. He ultimately finished the year with 55 receptions for 636 yards while tying a career-low two touchdowns. His play this season has obviously left much to be desired moving forward.
Regardless, it appears Green Bay will be sticking with Graham for next season. Of course, it should be noted that his struggles were indicative of the Packers’ lackluster offense as well. Head coach Matt LaFleur made it clear that he hopes to reduce Rodgers’ workload. This could potentially involve more checkdowns to Graham underneath. It will be interesting to see if his role increases come next season.