Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (32) tackles New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) during the third quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham needs a new contract. As the best tight end in the NFL, Graham is going to command top dollar, but as of now he’s not focused on the getting a deal done.
Here’s what Graham had to say about his ever-confusing contract situation per ESPN’s Mike Triplett:
"“I’m not really sure where all of these rumors are coming from, but for me, that whole situation isn’t important to me right now,” said Graham, who is in the final year of his rookie deal. “I know I’m going to keep going out and do what I do. Every Sunday and Monday, I’m going to go out and play football and play to the best of my abilities. The rest will take care of itself.”“For me, it really is all football,” Graham added. “I’m a very hungry player right now. I feel like I have a lot to show. I’m going to try to do all I can to put the team in the best situation to win. So all the comments and the things that people say doesn’t faze me or get to me. I’m going to go out on Sunday and give all I have.”“You know, this season for me is everything about proving the type of player that I am,” Graham said. “I feel like I disappointed myself last year and I wasn’t able to do the things that I wanted to do. I mean, if you look at the stats, some people laugh at it because I had a decent year stat-wise. But as far as putting this team in the best opportunity to win and making the plays that I know I can make … so now I play with every emotion that I have in my body. I play because I feel like I have a lot to prove.”"
Sorry for the wall of text, but Graham has some important points. For one, a report had come out earlier in the week that the Saints had made an offer to Graham. Whether or not that is true has not been verified by an actual source, but Graham claims it isn’t true.
So while Graham’s response is perfect given his situation and not wanting to be a distraction, it has done nothing but create further confusion as to how things will play out.
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