Report: Packers expected to move on from Jimmy Graham

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, tight end Jimmy Graham is not expected to return to the Green Bay Packers in 2020. The team could either attempt to trade him or release him before the new league year.

The new NFL league year starts on March 18th. No transactions can be announced until then.

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham cannot make the catch against the Los Angeles Rams
Jimmy Graham cannot make the catch against the Los Angeles Rams (Photo by the Associated Press/Denis Poroy)

Graham is slated to make $11.66 million in 2020, but likely won’t see that money. At least, not from the Packers.

The 33-year-old Goldsboro, North Carolina native has spent the last two seasons with the Packers.

Green Bay has an out in his contract. This means, it’ll be a two-year, $22.25 million deal instead of the original three-year, $30 million deal he signed before the 2018 season.

Once the Packers part ways with Graham, it’ll cost them $3.666 million in dead cap space. If he is released or even traded before June 1st, it’ll save the team $8 million in cap savings, according to Spotrac.

Graham appeared in 16 games last season, including 10 starts. He had 38 receptions for 447 yards and three touchdowns.

In fact, he was the team’s fifth-leading receiver during the 2019 season. Only three wide receivers and a running back had more receiving yards than Graham this past season.

Green Bay would hope that Jace Sternberger can pick up the slack once Graham moves on. The former third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft appeared in six games, including one start during the regular season.

In the team’s two playoff games, he had three receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown.

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