It appears that Jimmy Graham’s time in Green Bay has come to an end. On Thursday, March 12th, the Packers will be moving on from one of Brian Gutekunst’s first free-agent signings as Packers general manager.

The Jimmy Graham project was certainly a stretch, but if there was one team and system that could bring out the best in his abilities, I was sure it was going to be the Packers. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way.

Graham had career lows in receptions and yards during the past two seasons he was with the Packers. Coaches and fans alike were sure that he would be a solid red-zone threat who could go up and snatch passes. While Graham has glimpses of hope, his biggest drawback was his run blocking.

The Matt LaFleur offense is centered around multiple tight end sets and is dependent on the blocking of those players. Graham never seemed to be a good fit for that scheme, as he seemed to flourish more as a detached tight end in a vertical passing game, though he did take great strides in his second year in Green Bay.

The release of Graham will free up $10M in cap space for the Packers, something that will help them as they head in to free agency period. It’ll be interesting to see if Gutekunst is aggressive in year three as Packers GM, taking more chances on players such as Graham.


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