Graham is viewed by Bears general manager Ryan Pace as the pass-catching tight end after the team drafted Cole Kmet in the second round, reports Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-TImes.
When discussing the tight end roles on the team, Pace explained that Kmet will be the Y tight end, meaning he'll be placed on the line of scrimmage to block frequently while Graham will be the pass-catching U tight end, who will function as a slot receiver. Assuming this equation doesn't change before September, Graham will be the tight end with the most fantasy value, though after averaging 540 yards and 2.5 touchdowns over the past two years with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, it's unlikely that Graham will be a top-12 fantasy option at the position.
The Bears signed Graham to a two-year contract Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Considering the uncertainty elsewhere in Chicago's tight end group, Graham forecasts to serve as the team's No. 1 tight end in 2020, with $9 million guaranteed on the deal and the potential to earn $16 million overall. In two seasons with the Packers prior to his release last Thursday, the 33-year-old notched 93 catches (on 149 targets) for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns across 32 games.
The Packers released Graham on Thursday.
Graham was among a run of splashes at tight end for the Packers in recent years, accounting for 93 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns over the past two seasons. At 33 years old, he still has some tread left on the tires and can get a jump on free agency following this move.
The Packers are expected to release Graham on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
This move has been rumored since the conclusion of the regular season. Once it's made, the Packers will free up $8 million in salary cap on the eve of free agency. Graham will have the ability to sign elsewhere immediately after accounting for 93 catches (on 149 targets) for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns over two modest campaigns in Green Bay.
Graham is expected to part ways with the Packers during the offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Graham would earn $11.7 million in 2020 if the Packers were to retain him, while Green Bay would save $8 million by cutting him. The tight end caught just 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns in 2019, production that just isn't worth his current salary rate. Assuming Green Bay moves on from Graham, 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger would likely be the next man up for starting duties.
General manager Brian Gutekunst said he was pleased with Graham's contributions to the Packers in 2019, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Graham had some nice moments, including two solid games in the playoffs, but the overall picture was a 38-447-3 receiving line in 16 regular-season games for a player in the second year of a three-year, $30 million contract. It's hard to make any reasonable argument for the Packers retaining the 33-year-old without some form of pay cut on his $7.45 million base salary (per overthecap.com) for 2020. The team could instead look to external options or 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger to fill the pass-catching role at tight end.
Graham secured four of five targets for 59 yards during the Packers' 37-20 loss to the 49ers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
The veteran tight end amassed the majority of his production on a 42-yard second-half grab that was initially ruled a touchdown and then reversed on replay. Graham was second in receptions and receiving yards behind Davante Adams for the night, capping off a quiet second season in Green Bay during which he generated a 38-447-3 line across 16 games. Graham is on the books for a likely untenable $11.7 million in 2020, a figure that strongly portends a contract restructure or a release for the 33-year-old.
Graham caught three of four targets for 49 yards during Sunday's 28-23 divisional-round win over the Seahawks.
Graham finished second on the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, though his modest totals in each category were nothing to write home about. He did make a couple of flashy plays, however, including a 27-yard grab and a crucial third-down conversion in the final minutes. With that said, Graham simply isn't a focal point in the offense and seems unlikely to produce notable numbers during next Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.
Graham (wrist) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday after receiving a veteran rest day Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
It should be noted a wrist designation was noted as well, but Graham has been playing through it since early December. While he was targeted 17 times over the last four regular-season games, he gathered in just nine of those passes for 114 yards and no touchdowns. There's little doubt about his availability for Sunday's divisional-round contest against the Seahawks, who allowed the second-most yards (1,099) to tight ends during the regular season and nine catches (on 12 targets) for 117 yards to Eagles tight ends in the wild-card round.
Graham was targeted seven times and caught four passes for 49 yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions.
The four receptions were Graham's most in a game since Week 9, and the 49 yards were tied for the fourth most he put up in a game this season. With the Packers' next opponent uncertain, it remains to be seen what type of matchup he will face in Green Bay's first playoff matchup.
Graham (wrist/groin) brought in his only target for 16 yards in the Packers' 23-10 win over the Vikings on Monday night.
Graham saw just a single target for the fourth time this season, which naturally kept his night decidedly modest from a fantasy perspective. The veteran tight end is on the downside of an impressive career, and he's been hampered by multiple injuries throughout the campaign. Graham will be little more than a speculative option for season-long championship games and DFS contests in Week 17's matchup versus the Lions.
Graham (wrist/groin) doesn't carry an injury designation for Monday night's game against the Vikings.
Graham -- who has caught 33 passes for 382 yards and three TDs in 14 games to date -- hasn't missed a regular-season tilt since 2015, but a lack of consistent volume has hindered his fantasy impact this year. He's been held to one catch in three of his last four contests and remains a speculative lineup option in Week 16.
Graham (wrist/groin) remained limited Friday at practice.
Graham rarely leaves the injury report but hasn't missed a game since 2015. His lack of volume is the real concern for fantasy managers, with the veteran tight end drawing five or fewer targets in each of the Packers' past 10 games. Graham should be fine for Monday's game in Minnesota.
Graham (wrist/groin) was limited at Thursday's practice.
Such is Graham's routine at this point in the season. The limitations haven't exactly helped him produce on game day, as he's surpassed 50 receiving yards just three times while scoring three TDs across 14 contests. In Week 15, Graham even ranked behind fellow veteran Marcedes Lewis in terms of offensive snap share (42 versus 54 percent). Consequently, Graham is a far cry from the fantasy star that roamed the field for the Saints and Seahawks earlier in the decade.
Graham was targeted four times and had one reception for zero yards in Sunday's victory over the Bears.
Graham has battled all of wrist, groin and calf injuries the last several weeks, and that has resulted in him playing well below 50 percent of the offensive snaps since the Packers' Week 11 bye. As a result, he was targeted only 12 times and tallied just six receptions for 72 yards -- with most of that coming Week 14 -- over the last four games. He'll be tough to trust in important Week 16 fantasy matchups facing a Vikings defense that shut him out entirely Week 2 and has ceded just one touchdown to opposing tight ends all season.
Graham (wrist/groin) is listed as active Sunday versus the Bears.
Graham has made his presence routine on Packers injury reports this season, but this week marked just the second time the team designated him as questionable. In the end, he wasn't in danger of suiting up with a Bears defense on tap that has conceded the third-most catches to tight ends (81) through 13 games.
Graham (wrist/groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Graham was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, nursing a groin injury in addition to his long-standing wrist issue. There hasn't been any report that he's actually in danger of missing the game, but it's at least worth keeping an eye on ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.
Graham (wrist) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.
Graham typically sheds his designation by the end of each week, so Friday's injury report may clear up his availability, per usual. Assuming he gains clearance to play Sunday, he'll be attempting to exploit a Bears defense that has allowed the third-most catches (81) to tight ends this season.
Graham (wrist) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
Graham put together one-catch performances in both of the Packers' two post-bye week contests, but this past Sunday against the Redskins, he bounced back with three receptions for 49 yards across five targets. His practice reps are capped on a weekly basis, so there's little worry about his availability for a matchup with the Bears this weekend.
Graham secured three of five targets for 49 yards in the Packers' 20-15 win over the Redskins on Sunday.
The veteran tight end had one of his more productive days of the second half of the season, checking in second only to Aaron Jones in receiving yardage for the day and drawing the third-most targets. Graham has eclipsed 20 receiving yards in only two of the last six games when factoring in Sunday's performance, however, so he remains a low-floor play in all formats heading into a Week 15 matchup against the Bears.
|Career Receiving Stats|
|Career Rushing Stats|