I spotted this on ProFootballTalk this week:
[Jimmy] Graham is under contract with the Packers in 2020, scheduled to count $11.67 million against the salary cap in the final year of his three-year deal.
The Packers would save $8 million against the cap by releasing him.
Graham, 33, caught only 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games in 2019.
I took a quick look at OverTheCap, and found that if the Redskins acquired Graham by trade from the Packers, it would cost Washington $8m against the 2020 salary cap for the one year remaining on his contract. The ‘Skins front office could seek to acquire Graham for a late-round draft pick, which the Packers might be tempted to agree to. Green Bay drafted tight end Jace Sternberger in the third round in 2019, and he returned from injured reserve to play six games and both playoff games. The rookie caught three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.
In his time with the Saints, Graham was among the best receiving tight ends in football. He also had a highly productive year statistically with the Seahawks in 2016, and caught ten touchdown passes on 2017.
However, his two seasons in Green Bay, under three different head coaches, have been much more run-of-the-mill, with just over 1,000 yards and 5 touchdowns in the two seasons combined.
Could the 33-year-old find renewed opportunity as a one-year ‘band-aid’ signing in Washington? Would a trade be beneficial for the Redskins?
Of course, other possibilities exist.
- Green Bay could bring Graham back for the final year of his contract, though I think the opportunity to save $8m against salary cap is likely to prove too tempting for the Packers GM.
- If no trade partner can be found, Graham could be released, and he would then be a free agent, able to offer his services to the team that offers the best financial package or the most comfortable fit and opportunity.
As a free agent, Graham would probably have to settle for much less than $8m per year, so it could be in the best interests of the Packers, the acquiring team (if they really want him) and Graham himself to arrange a trade to a good situation.
Should the Redskins try to trade a 6th or 7th round pick to the Packers for Jimmy Graham?
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If Jimmy Graham is cut by the Packers and available to be signed as a free agent, how would you feel about the Redskins trying to sign him?
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No. Bad idea. Don’t do it.
I’m okay with a vet minimum contract; nothing more.
Sure. I’d sign him to something like a $2 or $3m per year deal.
He’s still got something to offer the right team. I’d sign him for anything up to about $5m.
The dude is a good replacement for Jordan Reed. I’m cool if he gets the $8m the Redskins were gonna pay to Reed.