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Packers one of two likely destinations for TE Jimmy Graham

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Kristopher Love | 13 March, 2018, 22:38

To some surprise, he is instead signing with the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports Tuesday afternoon.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the team was considering a trade before the deadline, but Pete Carroll shut down any speculation.

Over three years with the Seattle Seahawks, Graham caught 170 passes for 2,048 yards and 18 touchdowns, including 10 in 2017.

While his 520 receiving yards were his fewest since his rookie season, he also had 10 touchdowns to rank second in the National Football League behind DeAndre Hopkins.

Multiple Saints, including defensive end Cameron Jordan and running back Mark Ingram, used Twitter to recruit Graham back to New Orleans, but ultimately, the Packers made a better offer. Graham can still play, but he isn't getting any younger and will turn 32-years-old in November.

The Packers need to address the tight end position, but it shouldn't be a necessity at that price tag. In the final four weeks of the year, he caught one pass or less in three of those games. Now he'll see what he can do in Green Bay.

Graham finished the 2017 season with the second-most receptions from Russell Wilson, racking up 520 yards on 57 targets. But the tight end played just seven games before he was released due to concerns about a shoulder injury the Packers say he didn't disclose.