TE - CHI
Week 3 Outlook
Jimmy Graham caught his lone target for 18 yards in the Bears’ 17-13 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Graham came away with a score in Week 1 and was barely visible in Week 2. Chicago’s passing offense is anemic, and there’s not enough juice to support Graham consistently from week-to-week. He’s a Hail Mary even in favorable matchups.
Jimmy Graham caught three of seven targets for 25 yards and a TD in the Bears’ 27-23 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Graham finished second in targets in this one and was the recipient of one of Mitchell Trubisky’s three scores. His touchdown came on a jump ball in the end zone where he simply out-muscled the defender, showing that he’s still got some deeper-league appeal as a red-zone threat.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Bears have signed Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million deal.
Schefter adds that the contract includes $9 million guaranteed. The veteran tight end never quite panned out in his two years with the Packers, but he’s at least another pass catching option for Chicago’s offense. The team is widely expected to move on from Mitch Trubisky this off-season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Packers are releasing Jimmy Graham on Thursday.
Graham will then become a free agent. This move was expected as the 33-year-old was set to make $11.66 million if he stuck around in Green Bay. Graham played in all 16 games last year, catching just 38 passes for 447 yards and three scores. His days as a difference maker appear to be over.
Jimmy Graham is not expected to return to Green Bay, as he will hit the free-agent market, according to NFL.com.
The beneficiary here should be Jace Sternberger, who was selected by the Packers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He's an interesting player to own in dynasty leagues to see what comes of his 2020 role, and he could land on the TE1 periphery with TE2 value depending on what the Packers do at the position this offseason. Graham could remain fantasy-relevant in 2020, but it will be largely dependent of where he lands and his expected role with his new team.
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