New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is entering the final year of his rookie contract. As of right now his contract situation is wide open, there has been no extension and that has left Graham’s security open. Graham is just focused on football instead of contracts and money, even if the media isn’t.
“I don’t really think about that,” Graham said, via Pro Football Talk. ”I have a lot of pride in the way I play. I have a lot of pride on every down in the game. It doesn’t really matter what’s ahead of me. I focus on today and the next day and trying to make special plays to help this team win.”
“I’m a humble kid from very humble beginnings and I feel blessed to be in the situation that I am in,” Graham said. ”All I’m going to do is go out here and play football. I know that’s what I’m best at and I know the rest will just take care of itself.”
A guy that answers these kind of questions that way is a guy you want to keep around. It shows great maturity, restraint and awareness to give such a great answer. Of course, after witnessing a few season ending injuries in training camp, it probably isn’t in Graham’s best interest to put a contract off.
Saints head coach Sean Payton is optimistic that it will get done and agrees that it will “take care of itself.”
“I think all that stuff will get taken care of itself,” Payton recently told reporters. ”A lot has been written because he’s coming into [a contract year], but we’ll handle that.”