Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Green Bay Packers have interest in Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham.
Graham is scheduled to be a free agent, unless the Texans re-sign him before March 11.
Rapoport was told that the Packers have their sights set on Graham, according to a source informed of the player’s market. Green Bay’s decision-makers have been high on the tight end since he came out of Wisconsin in 2010 and believe that Graham fits their scheme.
First, we know the Texans want to re-sign Graham, so there’s a decent chance he doesn’t make it to free agency. If he does, Graham fits the mold of what the Packers look for.
He’s still relatively young (27), he’s not going to be terribly expensive to sign and he’s decent in the passing game. In 2013, Graham started 11 games and caught 49 balls for 545 yards and five touchdowns.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy has gone on record as saying he’d like to have his own free agent tight end, Jermichael Finley, back. The potential problem there is going to be money.
Finley will reportedly be in demand on the free agent market. He’s going to enter free agency as the No. 1 available tight end because the Saints slapped the franchise tag on Jimmy Graham and the Ravens re-signed Dennis Pitta.
The greater the demand for Finley’s services, the smaller the chance the Packers will be able to (or even try to) re-sign him.
The Packers could do a lot worse than making Graham Finley’s replacement.
I think Bostick will be OK.
Additionally, I don’t care if we have a threat similar to Finley, Jimmy Graham, etc. We don’t need the TE to score 50yd TDs; he just needs to catch short passes that keep drives alive.
Milk that clock.
And keep that God-awful-damn defense off the field.
Having someone as athletic and physical as Finley makes everyone else’s job that much easier though. To properly cover the guy you need someone very good, or 2 decent guys. Put a regular TE in there, and no just one of the decent guys is needed. And Nelson gets doubled with a Safety.
Of course we don’t need Finley/Jimmy to score 50yd TDs. We need one to take the defensive pressure off the rest of the offense.
Best User Name on this site, man…but Finely is just so injury prone..you can’t sink money into a guy who gets hurt every year. Too risky.
Don’t we already have this guy?
This is the same guy who reported that the Packers should trade two first round picks for Jimmy Graham and pay him a fuck ton of money. Dumbest shit I have read this week about what the Packers should do.
This situation seems a little more likely as long as all the pieces fall into place and TT gets a wild hair and opens the checkbook.
What if we took Jimmy Graham from the Saints?
Two #1 picks?
The Packer’s first round picks will likely be at the end of the round — really second round picks — due to Rodgers winning a few games, and the weak opponents allowing for a divisional championship and a playoff berth. Plus, they’d be picks we would waste on someone like Sherrod or Perry.
Let’s do it.
And go full-bore crazy on defense in the draft (‘cuz we know how well that’s worked in the past!!!)
No. Under no circumstances do you give up 2 1st rd. picks for a TE that’s already been banged around in the NFL.
You get fresher & younger in this league through the draft. It’s a TE. We can make anyone successful in our system. (Tom Crabtree, Andrew Quarless)
2 bodies is always better than 1 & rookies are a lot cheaper than Jimmy Graham
just thinking outside the box.
J. Graham < Perry + Sherrod ??
Understand your point, but sometimes our first-round selections are not stellar. Additionally, they can be injured for long periods of time.
Did you not see Sherrod’s leg get snapped like a pop scicle stick in KC?
Does that mean he sucks? Perry…foot injury. Dudes built like a tank. He will be a monster in 2014.
So tell me this…whats stopping Jimmy Graham from getting an injury? Nothing…then all of the sudden, oopsy…you have no 1st round picks to compensate for your unfortunate loss.
Speaking of drafting…Randall Cobb, Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jermichael Finley even produced for a TT 2nd rounder…the list goes on & on.
Id say Ted Thompson knows how to draft em. Not TT’s fault that players get injured.
Hell…Even Jimmy Graham got hurt last season.
You mean Ted Thompson? The man that brought you Eddie Lacy? That Ted Thompson?
Of course I don’t agree with trading two first round picks for a tight end, but Sherrod sucked before he got hurt, and Perry hasn’t done much either. Lets hope that changes.
Sherrod was also a rookie with no offseason training playing one of the most demanding positions in professional sports.
Did you see the Saints play the Seahawks?
Jimmy Graham has no heart. Eff him.
He also benefits from a QB who throws him a lot of jump balls. Rodgers will not do that.
Truth. Especially about Rodgers when it comes to his throwing tendencies.
I’d like to see what Bostick can do
I remember taking an interest to this guy because Owen Daniels went down on my fantasy team, and I figured, fuck it, might as well try this guy. I watched him a little, and he looked very mediocre
Don’t care unless he’s a bargain
I thought this regime didn’t do Badgers? Has Tolzien now cured them of that?
Anyway, Graham is OK. Personally, I would rather bring Quarless back myself. He should be cheaper than Graham, already knows the system, and has a potential greater than Graham’s.
Quarless and Bostick are all the Packers need at that position. As we have seen several times in the past, there was virtually no drop off to our offense after losing Finley.
There was a HUGE drop off when Finley went down. Good god! It took us till the last play of the game to beat…..the fucking bears for gods sake!
I’d sure like to see Kuhn used in the slot more.
Will someone just shank Ian Rapoport?