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What If Jimmy Graham Left the Saints?

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Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the 1st quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers)

If Graham actually got away from the Saints somehow, there wouldn’t be a better replacement option than Finley. While wildly inconsistent in his time with the Packers, Finley closely resembles Graham from a physical standpoint. He has good size and elite speed and athleticism for the position, allowing him to stretch the field and snag difficult catches. He does have suspect hands and spotty awareness, though, while his 2013 neck injury clearly is a red flag.

All that being said, he’s without a doubt the top tight end on the market in free agent, especially with the Baltimore Ravens having locked up Dennis Pitta. Finley’s neck issue is the chief concern, but with him expected to be 100% cleared soon, his market should start to heat up pretty quickly. Well on his way to easily his best season in Green Bay last year, it’s easily conceivable that Finley could pick up right where he left off. As the Saints new starting tight end, that should translate to career numbers across the board. More importantly, at least from a sheer talent perspective, the drop-off from Graham to Finley wouldn’t be too drastic.

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