Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is nearing the end of his contract year and the question remains whether he’ll be in Seattle next season.
Graham and the Seahawks have already started the discussion.
“We’ve talked to him,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters Tuesday. “We love Jimmy and we would love for him to be with us.”
The Seahawks traded center Max Unger and a first-round draft pick to the Saints for Graham in the prime of his career. In his three years in Seattle, Graham has logged 170 catches for 2048 yards and 18 touchdowns. This season, Graham set a franchise record for touchdown receptions by a Seattle tight end at 10.
“Well, I thought he had a big factor in the season in the fact that he did score and there was that stretch in there where he didn’t have a catch in games and you all thought that he was going to retire or something like that,” coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday, when asked about Graham’s impact this year.
Despite posting his most touchdown since his final season in New Orleans, Graham did so with just over half the receptions and total yardage. The Seahawk’ offense, in general, struggled this season, and Carroll said it took some time for Graham and quarterback Russell Wilson to reconnect.
“That’s what we had pictured it to be, it just took a while and both of those guys hooked up and it was really the coming-together conceptually and through the hard work that really paid off eventually,” Carroll explained. “He was just as forcible as anyone in the NFL down there.”
Graham, 31, is about to enter his eighth season in the NFL and while he’s on the older side of roster, there is likely still some gas left in the tank. The Seahawks, up against the wall with cap and personnel concerns heading into 2018, must decide if he is worth the price tag.