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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Seahawks acquire TE Jimmy Graham, 4th-round pick from Saints for C Max Unger, 1st-round pick Remember a year ago when the Saints gave Jimmy Graham all that money? It's amazing how quickly things can change in the NFL. Graham is ...

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Old 03-10-2015, 03:18 PM   #51
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Seahawks acquire TE Jimmy Graham, 4th-round pick from Saints for C Max Unger, 1st-round pick

Remember a year ago when the Saints gave Jimmy Graham all that money? It's amazing how quickly things can change in the NFL. Graham is now gone to the Pacific Northwest, and the Saints acquired Max Unger and a first-round choice in return.

I don't think there's a concise winner in this deal, as it makes sense for both teams. For Seattle, throwing the ball to Graham in the end zone makes a lot more sense than targeting Ricardo Lockette, or any of the other mediocre targets Seattle had. Graham's presence on the field will also open things up for Marshawn Lynch, who won't face stacked boxes anymore. More importantly, Wilson finally has a stud weapon to work with, so he'll be even better in his fourth season.

Wilson, however, loses a center, but that's not a huge deal because of how mobile he is. It would mean far more for a pocket-passing quarterback, but the offensive line isn't as prevalent for Wilson. It is for Drew Brees, who was beaten up last year because center Jonathan Goodwin was incompetent. Unger is a huge upgrade, and the Saints are getting a first-round pick on top of it.

Brees does lose Graham though, which is huge. Perhaps the Saints will use their second opening-round draft selection on a replacement in Maxx Williams, who fits the range at the end of the first round, though I currently have Williams going in the second frame. For more, check out my 2015 NFL Mock Draft, which was updated today.

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Old 03-10-2015, 03:18 PM   #52
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I guess the defiant goalpost dunk in preseason sealed his fate.
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I guess the defiant goalpost dunk in preseason sealed his fate.
If not, smiting the team to get paid like a WR did...
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I think the deal is fair. I think it was a win win for both teams.
Drew now has a couple extra seconds to survey the field, and our run game should improve, especially if we upgrade one of the OG's as well. We also get some more cap relief to spend on some defense.

And Seattle got the 2nd best TE in the league.
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:22 PM   #55
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Hope doesn't turn out to be a kruetz
Dude, do not friggin' jinx this guy before he even gets here!

Oh, and Lelito to guard? Maybe part ways with Grubbs or Evans?
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We all wanted change this year. Uhhh, we got it!!!
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i guess this is the final price we will have to pay for Byrd signing

I like unger now keep going and get the rest of the pieces
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Re: Saints Trade Graham to the Seahawks

And Graham was getting paid way too much. We could have paid 2 big name defenders or an o-lineman and d-lineman with that pay.

Graham has been hurt two seasons in a row. That super pay he gets depends on him being healthy 100% of the time which isn't the case.
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I think Graham has a high probability of struggling next year. I think his success was due largely to Drew Brees prowess as a passer. We will see.
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Man, now that this has sunk in a little more I can't tell you how much I love this deal. I was sick and tired of forced passes to Graham in double and triple coverage. Our offense was at it's best when Drew had time to spread the ball around. Plus, extra first round pick!!!
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