Holy guacamole did the NFL new year get kicked off early on Tuesday with the Saints and Seahawks stunning the world by agreeing to a trade that sends tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick to Seattle for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.
An absolute blockbuster. Let's break it down (we also do that on the Eye on Football Podcast which you can listen to on the left or subscribe to via iTunes) and hand out some wholesale nfl jerseys from china.
1. Helping Russell: Finally the Seahawks have found Russell Wilson a legitimate No. 1 target. This is wholesale nfl jerseys china like their quarterback situation in that they were willing to exhaust every possible avenue (signing high-priced free agents, trading for big names, draft, etc.) to find the guy.Graham gives Russell a legitimate No. 1 option in the passing game.Over the last four years, Graham averaged 89 catches for 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's one of five tight ends ever to post 90 catches, 1,000 yards and 10+ touchdowns in a single season.Over the past four years, ALL Seattle tight ends had 205 catches, 2,594 yards and 19 touchdowns. Graham blows them out of the water. Jimmy Graham has more than twice as many Rec TD as all Seahawks wholesale nfl jerseys combined over the last 4 seasons: pic.twitter.com
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Graham is a dynamic red-zone force, a former basketball player who shatters goal posts and is impossible to defend when he's leaping in the air.This offense will be vastly different -- the Seahawks like to run the rock with Marshawn Lynch -- but Graham should be a target hog on third downs and a monster chain-moving weapon for Wilson and the Seattle offense. Seattle's been tied to rumors involving tight ends -- notably Julius Thomas in both trade and free agency and Graham is a major upgrade over JT -- and finally found a willing seller.Jimmy Graham is now a big target for Russell Wilson in Seattle. Jimmy Graham is now a big target for Russell Wilson in Seattle. (CBSSports.com/USATSI)
2. Buyer's Remorse: The Saints just wrapped up one of the more disappointing seasons of anyone in the NFL. It came on the heels of handing Graham a four-year, $40 million deal. Clearly New Orleans a) regretted the deal, b) realized they needed to reboot their roster construction and examine their salary-cap issues, or c) identified the need to get younger with an additional first-round pick.