Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 3/95 -- Jimmy Graham, TE, 6-6, 259, Miami (Fla.): As a college basketball player for three years, he's a project. But the Saints like his 4.50 speed, 38 1/2-inch vertical leap and the fact he had five TDs on only 17 receptions last year. - by The Sports Xchange
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03/10/15 - TE Jimmy Graham is heading to the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster deal agreed to Tuesday.
The Saints will receive two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger and a fourth-round pick in exchange for Graham and the Seahawks' 31st pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, as first reported by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.
It is a bold move by the Seahawks, who released veteran tight end Zach Miller last week. They have been seeking to upgrade the position for some time, and reportedly attempted to land Julius Thomas from Denver and Cleveland's Jordan Cameron before the trade deadline last season.
Graham had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, and has averaged 88.6 catches for 1,099 yards and 11.5 touchdowns over the past four seasons. By comparison, wide receiver Doug Baldwin led the Seahawks with 66 catches and 825 yards last season, and running back Marshawn Lynch led the team with four receiving touchdowns. Luke Willson was the team's leading receiver at tight end with 22 catches for 362 yards and three touchdowns.
The Seahawks know Graham well. He was limited to three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown in a 34-7 loss at Seattle in 2013, then caught only one pass for eight yards in a 23-15 postseason loss at Seattle just six weeks later.
Before the game, Graham was warming up on the wrong side of the field and engaged in some trash talking with Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin.
"I asked him politely, I said 'We're about to warm up,'" Irvin said. "He said, 'I'm Jimmy.' I'm like, 'Who is Jimmy?' That's when I hit the ball out of his hands and kicked it across the field."
11/25/14 - TE Jimmy Graham caught six passes for 47 yards with two TDs against Baltimore,
11/09/14 - TE Jimmy Graham looks completely healed from a right shoulder injury he suffered four weeks ago, catching a game-high 10 passes for 76 yards and two scores. He almost made the most incredible play of the season at the end of regulation -- a 47-yard game-winning TD catch on a Hail Mary -- but he was called for pushing off against cornerback Perrish Cox before going up in the end zone for the ball.
11/06/14 - TE Jimmy Graham, who has been hampered by a sprained right shoulder, had full participation in Thursday's practice.
10/30/14 - TE Jimmy Graham gives the Panthers problems on a regular basis. Graham is a clutch weapon for QB Drew Brees in many situations, but he tends to come up particularly big against Carolina. Graham scored in a sixth consecutive outing against the Panthers on a 1-yard touchdown grab in the waning seconds of the first half Thursday night. He ended up with team highs of seven receptions and 83 receiving yards.