Free agent tight end Jimmy Graham has agreed with the Chicago Bears for two years and $ 16 million, including $ 9 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Graham became a free agent when the Green Bay Packers cut him on March 12.
Graham, who turned 33 in November, ranked as the NFL’s highest-paid tight end with an average of $ 10 million annually, and was slated to eat the second-highest total money under the salary cap ($ 11,666,668). of any tight end in the league by 2020.RELATED
Only Philadelphia Eagles star Zach Ertz ($ 12.231 million) is slated to take up more space under the salary cap in 2020.
Graham’s second season with the Packers was little different than the first. Although he was respected in the locker room, his impact on the field in 2019 was minimal: 38 receptions for 447 yards and three touchdowns.
In his two seasons with the Packers, Graham scored just five touchdowns, half of what he scored in his final season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.
The Packers saved $ 8 million in space under the salary cap by releasing Graham.
Graham is the only tight end in NFL history to have two seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns (2011 and 2013 with the New Orleans Saints), and he is the only tight end to record four consecutive seasons. with at least 85 catches (2011-2014, all with the Saints).
Information from Rob Demovsky was used in the writing of this note.