“Jimmy’s one of my best friends in the world. He’s like a unicorn. There’s only so many of those guys you can find, that can do what he can do,” the Seahawks’ quarterback said with a chuckle of the star tight end.
“He’s pretty special, catching the football, making plays. … Hopefully he can continue to be a Seahawk. I would love to continue his career here with him.”
I mean, unicorns are indeed, um, hard to come by.
But so rare that one is worth retaining at perhaps $8-10 million per year, amid so many other issues for the Seahawks this season?
“We’ve talked to him,” coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday
“We love Jimmy. And we’d love for him to be with us.”
That’s going to take some cash and committment Seattle may not be able to afford, or prudently choose to pay.
Graham’s 10 touchdown catches in 2017 set a Seahawks record for a season and for a career; he has 18 in three seasons with Seattle, since his trade from New Orleans for Pro Bowl center Max Under and a first-round draft choice before the 2015 season. His 10 TDs this past season were tied with 2014 for his most since 2013 with the Saints, the season that got him his four-year, $40 million contract that is just expired.
But he was mostly a one-trick, um, pony this season.
He didn’t have a game of over 72 yards receiving–and it took his season high-tying seven catches to get that, at Tennessee in a loss Sept. 24. In different five games he had fewer than 10 yards, including zilch in the loss at Jacksonville. That chilly evening in north Florida Dec. 10 he drew Carroll’s criticism for not breaking back to challenge for Wilson’s throw on an out route thrown in front of him that became an interception. Graham compounded his lapse by needlessly shoving Jacksonville’s A.J. Bouye into a Seahawks teammate standing well out of bounds at the end of Bouye’s interception and return. That personal foul sent the Jaguars into Seattle territory to begin their touchdown drive to a 10-0 lead. TheNewsTribune
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