The New Orleans Saints agreed to trade star tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round NFL draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for center Max Unger and a first-round pick, The Washington Post’s Mark Maske confirms. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer first reported the news on Twitter.
Saints and Seattle have now agreed on trade sending jimmy graham and a 4 to Seattle for max Unger and a 1st
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 10, 2015
Saints defensive end Cam Jordan reacted immediately on Twitter, indicating he was surprised and sad to see his friend go.
Nope day, shifted I’m sick…That’s wow!…Dizzying to say the least @TheJimmyGraham you family bro, great teammate even better friend
— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) March 10, 2015
Jordan’s not alone. Many were caught off guard, especially in light of the four-year, $40 million contract Graham signed with the Saints last summer.
So let me get this straight we traded our whole offence to keep Jimmy Graham and now trade him off, just like that. That's funny tbh.
— Rapha3l (@l3ahpar) March 10, 2015
Welp. I'm going to be in my sad Jimmy Graham feelings for the rest of the day. #sadwhodat
— Melanie Murr (@msbatonrouge10) March 10, 2015
— Erin Cofiell (@erincofiell) March 10, 2015
Looking at the trade from the Seahawks’ perspective, however, things are a little rosier. ESPN’s Mike Greenberg called Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson “the biggest winner” so far in free agent season.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) March 10, 2015
While the Seahawks will undoubtedly gain more power in their short-pass game, the addition of Unger to the Saints’ offensive line should not be overlooked. The 28-year-old will come in to likely replace the struggling 36-year-old Jonathan Goodwin, who became an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, Nola.com reports.