The New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a trade sending Jimmy Graham and a fourth round draft pick to Seattle for Max Unger and a first round draft pick.NFL Insider Jay Glazer was the first to report trade talks between the two teams.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted this afternoon, "Trade final: Jimmy Graham to Seattle, per Seahawks official."
Unger, a 6'5, 305 pound center from the University of Oregon, was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Seahawks.
The All-Pro offensive lineman was limited to six games last season due to an ankle injury.
The Saints already have the 13th pick of the first round and will receive the 31st pick of the 2015 NFL Draft from Seattle.
“First off, we would like to thank Jimmy for all that he has done for our organization for the last five seasons,” said Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis. “He became a very productive tight end with our team. We wish Jimmy the best of luck in the future. We also want to welcome Max to our team. Max has been an instrumental Pro Bowl player with Seattle since being drafted in 2009 in the second round. In addition, with the first round draft pick, we will have the opportunity to impact our team for years to come.”Last year Graham signed a four year contract worth $40 million.
“Coming to us from a primary basketball background with limited experience in 2010, Jimmy immediately got to work in the weight room, on the practice field and in the playbook and quickly evolved into one of the top tight ends that I have ever coached, said Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. “Decisions like these are always difficult and we wish Jimmy the best of luck. We're excited to add Max to our offensive line. He is a tough, physical player where he blocked for one of the top rushing offenses in the NFL, he has been a solid contributor to Seattle's success.”
Graham finishes his career in New Orleans with 386 receptions for 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns.
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