Jimmy Graham is back and heading back to New Orleans after sitting out the 2022 season. The Saints are so thrilled about the decision that they simply wrote “Jimmy Graham is back” in their Twitter bio to make the announcement.
Graham has decided to sign a one-year contract with the Saints, which might complete the circle of his professional life. Graham made his NFL debut with New Orleans in 2010 and played with them for five seasons before leaving.
Graham was one of the top tight ends in the NFL during his first tenure in New Orleans, appearing in three of his five Pro Bowls while a member of the Saints. In 2013, when he ended with 1,215 receiving yards and led the NFL in touchdown catches with 16, he had his best year in New Orleans.
After the 2014 season, the Saints made the decision to part ways with Graham, and in the end, they traded him to the Seahawks. Graham has since participated in three different clubs, including Green Bay (2018–19), Chicago (2020–21), and Seattle (2015–17).
Graham only had 167 receiving yards in Chicago in 2021, but he did haul in three touchdowns, making him a potential red zone target for new Saints quarterback Derek Carr.
Graham will first need to make the roster, which won’t be simple since the Saints already have seven tight ends, including Foster Moreau, Taysom Hill, Jesse James, and Juwan Johnson.