Seahawks Reloading - Acquire Saints' Jimmy Graham
The Seattle Seahawks have a deal in place with the New Orleans Saints to acuire Tight End Jimmy Graham and a fourth round draft selection. The Seahawks will send Center Max Unger and a first round draft selection for Graham.
Graham, 28, signed a four year, forty million dollar contract with the Saints last off-season. The Seahawks are giving Quarterback Russell Wilson more targets to throw as they are looking to get back to their third consecutive NFC Championship game. The Seahawks have brought back Running Back Marshawn Lynch with a new contract last week.
Graham will give the Seahawks a much needed pass catcher at the Tight End position and was rumored to be in talks with former Broncos Tight End Julius Thomas. Last season, Luke Willson, was the primary Tight End for the Seahawks, caught 22 passes. Graham has exceed 80 catches over the last four years.
Max Unger, 28, the former second round selection for the Seahawks will be shipped to New Orleans for Graham. Unger was drafted in 2009 has been a starter for Seahawks since and was apart of the team that defeated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. The Saints offensive line was a weakness last season and the addition of Unger should help solidify the line. The Saints have also acquired a first round selection, which should be very useful as the Saints have had to cut or restructure contracts as of late to get under the salary cap. This move could be releated to the Saints getting under the cap as Graham was due a five million dollar bonus on the fifth day of the new league year.