The New Orleans Saints and Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham have agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal that includes $21 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 27-year-old tight end has earned his rightful place alongside Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten as the league’s highest-paid tight ends.
The deal makes Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, eclipsing the deal signed in 2008 by former Indianapolis Colt Dallas Clark, who got $27.55 million in the first three years of that deal.
As for the relationship between a QB and his favorite target, Drew Brees could not be happier:
“At the end of the day, Jimmy Graham has revolutionized the position,” Brees told Canal Street Chronicles’ JR Ella in July. “He’s a guy who is so talented at so many things you know and obviously he’s a big part of our offense and I hope that they’re able to reach a long-term agreement here sooner than later.”
In 2013-14, Graham had 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and an NFL-high 16 touchdown grabs. When Graham was struggling with a partially torn plantar fascia down the stretch last season, the Saints offense saw a noticeable drop in points.
That the Saints and Graham came to an agreement is a positive sign for a team already all in for 2014.