Report: Jimmy Graham will sign with Green Bay Packers; Paul Richardson with Washington
The Seahawks saw their second free agent find a new home on the open market Tuesday, tight end Jimmy Graham reportedly signing a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports.
Graham is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday. Multiple reports have suggested he would not return to the Seahawks in 2018.
The 31-year-old tight made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and '17, though his tenure is in Seattle has been viewed as underwhelming, perhaps a product of his lofty salary and inconsistency outside of the red zone.
Receiver Paul Richardson, also scheduled to become a free agent, reportedly agreed to a five-year, $40 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday.
In 2017, Graham caught a team-high 10 touchdowns, all in the red zone, which tied for second-most in the league. However, his 520 receiving and 9.1 yards per reception were some of the lowest marks of his career.
Still, Graham was considered one of the best non-quarterback free agents available. In fact, ESPN's Kevin Seifert ranked the top 100 free agent prospects for 2018, listing Graham fifth behind Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, Case Keenum and offensive guard Andrew Norwell."
Although he never matched his early-career production after the 2015 trade to the Seahawks -- in part because of a serious patellar tendon injury that season -- Graham remains a major weapon in the red zone," Seifert wrote. "His 10 touchdown receptions (on only 95 targets) in 2017 were tied for second in the league. Someone will see major value there."
With Graham and Richardson leaving in free agency, Seattle has to replace 16 touchdowns and more than 100 receptions from 2017. Seattle's only tight end under contract for 2018 is Nick Vannett; Luke Willson will become a free agent Wednesday.
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