Saints QB Drew Brees says he would ‘love nothing more’ than Jimmy Graham returning to New Orleans
Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career with the Seattle Seahawks expected to let him explore the open market. There have already been several teams that have reached out to express their interest in his services, which includes potentially returning to the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints have kept that possibility on the table after inking a new two-year, $50 million deal with All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees on Tuesday morning. According to Mike Triplett of ESPN, shortly after Brees inked his new contract he made it clear that he would back the move to bring back Graham.
Also, Drew Brees on reports that Saints could have interest in reuniting with free agent tight end Jimmy Graham: "All I'll say is I would love nothing more than to have Jimmy back. He'd be an even better fit now than he was when he first started with us."
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) March 13, 2018
There is still a strong connection between both sides given that Graham spent his first five years in the league with the Saints. During that span, he earned the reputation as being one of the top tight ends in the NFL that saw him record in at least 85 receptions, 850 receiving yards, and at least nine touchdowns in four straight seasons. Much of this was due to the bond that Graham and Brees shared on the field that made them one of the most potent quarterback-tight end connections in the league.
Although Graham has seen a drop in production over the last few seasons in Seattle, he is still a highly productive player. He is coming off a productive campaign where he hauled in 57 catches for 520 receiving yards with 10 touchdown receptions, which marked the fourth time in his career that he has tallied 10 or more touchdown receptions. This had also helped him move to the top of the list in team history at his position ranking first in catches (170), receiving yards (2,048) and touchdown receptions (18).
His addition to the Saints would give them an even more explosive offense in the passing game alongside star wide receiver Michael Thomas. It would also further help their two-headed rushing attack led by Pro Bowlers Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara be an effective part of the offensive game plan.
With Brees in place in New Orleans for at least the next two years, things could quickly pick up hedging toward a reunion.