Would it make sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars to add veteran tight end Jimmy Graham this offseason?
The Green Bay Packers have announced they have released tight end Jimmy Graham after two seasons with the team. And with the Jacksonville Jaguars in need of help at the position, could this be a potential free agent on the team’s wish next week?
"According to Jelani Scott of NFL.com, “In his first year with the franchise, Graham started 12 games and tallied 55 catches for 636 yards and two scores. He has played in 153 of a possible 160 games (111 starts) and boasts totals of 1,009 receptions for 7,883 yards and 74 TDs in his career.”"
The Jaguars haven’t had any consistency at the position the past two seasons, which have been destroyed by injuries to several players. The team may also make more moves to help their salary cap issues by releasing veterans. Tight end Geoff Swaim, who signed a contract last offseason here in Jacksonville, could be among those casualties, but that is purely speculation at this point.
Jacksonville may use free agency to address the position as there are several names out there that could bolster the unit. James O’Shaughnessy and Josh Oliver figure to be back this coming season after spending time on the injured reserve list with Swaim. Seth Devalve is also a name to consider. Nick O’Leary, who was signed late in the season, is a free agent.
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There is no word if he figures in the team’s plan for 2020, but he could be a nice addition to the passing attack.
Not only would Graham give the Jaguars an instant boost of adrenaline on the roster, but he would also immediately become the top target in the red zone for whichever quarterback opens the season under center.
"“He may not be the top-tier talent he once was but, under the right circumstances, Graham can still flourish in 2020 and make his age-34 season a prosperous one,” Scott writes."
The Jaguars should use the tight end more this season with the addition of offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, whose game plan calls for short and intermediate passes.
Right now, the Jaguars have over $33M to spend in free agency based on the team’s cap numbers from Spotrac. More money could come off the books in the next few days. Graham may be worth an incentive-filled deal to help the offense which averaged just 18.8 points a game last season.
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