It’s official — the New Orleans Saints and TE Jimmy Graham have finally resolved their conflict, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $40 million. Panic mode has come to an end in the Who Dat Nation, as the Black and Gold have locked up their most important offensive weapon outside of Drew Brees through the 2017 season.
According to the superstar’s Twitter account, Graham was bleeding black and gold this morning and wants to thank all of the fans for their support. With the $21 million guaranteed, the athlete’s contract makes him the highest paid tight end in NFL history — a deal that will keep both sides satisfied.
The arrangement is set in stone, so now it’s time to focus on training camp, which kicks off on July 25 at The Greenbrier, a luxury resort in West Virginia. It would have been tough for Brees and the offense to get into the general swing of things without the quarterback’s top target. Graham’s presence is crucial, and with the entire team together now, the Saints will be seeking a healthy, enduring performance at camp with what might just be the best roster they’ve ever seen.
Graham, who was a no-show for all organized team activities, should have no problem capturing the flow of the offense from the moment camp kicks off to the end of the season. After Sean Payton was on the stand against him at the arbitration hearing, a growing concern has surrounded the relationship between Graham and his head coach. However, deep down, the Pro-Bowl tight end knows that the NFL is a business.
Barring any setbacks, Graham should be just as effective as he’s ever been on the football field. At 27 years old, the freak of an athlete is just now approaching his prime. The harsh feelings, if there are any, will be eliminated and the kid will get back to doing what he does best — dominating his opponents.
The only feeling that he’ll experience is the energizing chill that runs through his veins after catching his first touchdown in front of an electrifying home crowd in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Hopes are set high in the Crescent City for the 2014 season, but Graham and the Saints must make it through training camp first.