Chicago Bears Sign 5-Time Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham
With on-field (or court) action for all major sports on hold, the Chicago Bears seem intent on prepping for the upcoming season.
When that season will start, and what changes and restrictions are to come remains to be seen, but the management at Halas Hall (thankfully) don't seem to be sitting around now that the NFL's free-agency period has begun.
The signing of 5-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham shows that while face-to-face meetings might not be happening, a lot of stuff is being worked out on the phone.
The Bears cannot confirm the move until the start of the new league year on Wednesday.
A ten-year NFL veteran, Graham has played for the Saints, Seahawks, and most recently the Packers. He spent the last two seasons in Green Bay, making 38 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns during the 2019 season.
Perhaps a change of scenery will help Graham, who had his lowest catch total since his rookie year of 2010 last year with the Packers. He had 55 catches for 636 yards and two touchdowns in the 2018 season, which came after a ten touchdown season with the Seahawks in 2017.
Graham’s most productive years came as a member of the Saints from 2010-2014 when he made 386 catches for 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. That included his 2013 season when he made 86 catches for 1,215 yards and an NFL-high 16 touchdowns on his way to being named a first-team All-Pro.
Perhaps the Bears are hoping that Graham can rediscover those earlier days as he comes to Chicago and a tight end group that has many questions heading into 2020.