BREAKING: Bears sign Jimmy Graham
March 16, 2020
Ryan Pace addressed the Bears’ tight end void by signing former Packer Jimmy Graham, as first reported by Adam Schefter. The deal is reportedly worth $16 million over two years.
Last season, JP Holtz’ 91 receiving yards paced Bears’ tight ends. Considering last year’s deficiency, signing Graham represents a major upgrade at a position of need.
In 2019, the five-time Pro Bowler caught 38 passes for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns, the former two categories representing Graham’s lowest totals since his rookie year. However, at 6’7, the 33-year-old former collegiate basketball player remains a red zone threat. Should the Bears retain tight end Trey Burton, the two should make a serviceable if unspectacular one-two punch at the tight end position barring injury setbacks.
Graham’s best season came in 2011 with the New Orleans Saints, a season where he caught 99 receptions for 1310 yards and 11 touchdowns. Graham led the league in touchdowns catches two years later with 16.
Head coach Matt Nagy will hope Graham can regain his past form and develop a synergy with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, though if recent performances are any indication, Graham won’t approach his pre-Packers production.
Jimmy Graham to the Bears on a two-year, $16 million deal, including $9 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020