Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches a pass during warm ups before the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Trade Rumors: Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks eyeing Jimmy Graham?

The NFL franchise tag deadline is this afternoon, but the New Orleans Saints have already gone ahead and used their tag on tight end hybrid Jimmy Graham. The idea of tagging Graham seems to be so the Saints can have time to work out a long-term deal, but there may be other plans afoot when it comes to Graham’s future.

While hardly a report, ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted on Monday morning that the idea of the Green Bay Packers or Seattle Seahawks trading for Graham isn’t as crazy as it seems — or is it?

In order to acquire Graham, a team would have to sign him to an offer sheet and then hope that the Saints don’t match. If the Saints don’t — or can’t — match the offer, then the team signing Graham would trade two first-round picks to New Orleans to get him.

Both the Packers and Seahawks are in win now modes, and while they built though the draft, adding a dynamic and game changing weapon like Graham is unthinkably attractive. For the Saints, getting two first-round draft picks (which equates to a total of four) is a hard bargain to pass up, although Graham is hardly chump change to just toss to another team.

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  • Harry Hanson

    Ridiculous. No way Seattle trades for “I’m Jimmy” Graham.

  • Jeff

    He greenbay bound

    • Ted Thompson

      You sir are a Moron!

  • Ted Thompson

    Shefter is on very strong drugs if he thinks Graham is worth 2 1st round picks and certifiably crazy if he thinks Ted Thompson is that stupid!

  • shtfkc

    How could Seattle possibly consider this after Bruce Irvin sonned him and the whole team called him soft? Jimmy Graham isn’t built for a team like Seattle.

  • ♥Courtneyyy†∞

    Please don’t take Jimmy away from the Saints!!! I’ve only gotten to wear my jersey for one season! Thats not enough!

  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    The price seems steep with two first round picks from Green Bay!

  • Matthew Hall

    Graham is a great TE, but won’t fit with the Seahawks team chemistry. Seahawks could use a better TE, but Graham is the not the guy for them.

  • RegisHawk

    Adam Schefter is merely one more idiot in a long list of national media who know nothing of what’s really going on with the Seahawks. If his next excuse is that his bosses made him come up with this baseless speculation, all I can say is, he’s not only an idiot, but one who sold out as well.

  • Nick White

    Packers are not a team that goes all out in free agency so this trade rumor however appealing is highly unlikely.

  • Bob Thomas

    Don’t ever give up your draft choices.We(Packers don’t need him to win.)

  • marc wilson

    This is a bad idea. Graham is a great player, but the price is way, way too high. GB’s defense needs the $10 mil and two #1′s that it would cost to sign the guy. Rogers will make almost any decent TE a threat on offense.