Jimmy Graham joining Chicago Bears after Packers release
- Having been released by the Packers, Jimmy Graham is remaining in the NFC North after signing with the Bears.
Jimmy Graham has agreed a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears following his release from their NFC North rivals the Green Bay Packers.
According to widespread reports, Graham has struck a deal with the Bears that will pay him a total of $16million across the 2020 and 2021 seasons, with $9m guaranteed.
The 33-year-old gives the Bears another option at tight end, a position from which they struggled for production last season.
Graham spent two seasons with the Packers, not missing a game as he posted 100 receptions for 1,191 yards with five touchdowns in 34 outings, including two appearances in the playoffs.
The five-time Pro Bowler previously played for the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks.
Graham got a headstart on free agency when he was released on Thursday with a year left on his deal with the Packers, who he will now face twice a year.
"The last two years have certainly been interesting! A lot of memories, friendships and humbling moments that I will carry with me into the next opportunity," Graham wrote on Twitter after his release.
"Thank you for the support during our exciting run this year toward that ever so elusive ring."
There was another Packers departure as linebacker Blake Martinez agreed a three-year, $30m deal with the New York Giants.
The Packers replaced him with Christian Kirksey while also bringing in offensive tackle Rick Wagner.Published 17 Mar 2020, 17:24 IST