The New Orleans Saints opted to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jimmy Graham last week, a tag that allows opposing teams to make an offer to the player.
If Graham was to receive an offer, the Saints would have the right to match and if they opted not to, they’d receive two first round draft picks in compensation.
One such team that was said to have interest in Graham were the Green Bay Packers, but an official with the team suggested the idea of going after the Pro Bowl tight end would be ‘dumb’.
(A Packers official did tell me the idea of Green Bay salvaging its future for a tight end was “dumb beyond dumb…won’t happen.”)
There’s really few (if any) players in the league worth giving up two first round draft picks for and Graham isn’t one of them.
Yes, he’d certainly thrive with Aaron Rodgers under center (as Graham has done with Drew Brees) but the Packers could find them a much cheaper alternative who’ll be more than effective with an MVP quarterback under center.