A report says that the Green Bay Packers are expected to hang on to the tight end they signed in 2018.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com shared this news:
A non-Super Bowl tidbit: 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.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 29, 2019
In what was considered a controversial move in the light of the Jordy Nelson release, Graham caught 55 passes for 636 yards and two touchdowns.
His touchdown total was eight below his 2017 output for Seattle, but he caught passes for more yards (636 in 2018) and more yards per catch (11.6) than for the Seahawks the year before.
Graham caught more passes than the entire tight end crew of the Packers in 2017, the combination of Martellus Bennett, Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks. They only caught 54 passes for 689 yards and two touchdowns.
Nelson caught 63 passes for the Raiders in 2018 for 739 yards and three touchdowns as a starting wide receiver, a spot on the depth chart that was questionable for him with the Packers in 2018.