Seahawks are a much better offense now
One more stat for you. In 2017, the year Graham finally scored a lot of touchdowns, the Seahawks were still pretty lousy in the red zone. They had 45 attempts – in itself an indictment of the offense – and scored a touchdown 25 times, a success rate of 55 percent. With one game to go, Seattle has been in the red zone 52 times, and scored six 34 times. That’s a 65 percent success rate, seventh best in the league. It’s probably no surprise that all eight of the tight end’s scores this year have been in the red zone.
Back to those contracts. Ed Dickson is making $3.6 million per year. Both Vannett and Dissly are making about $750K. Meanwhile, Graham is still sucking down $10 million. So basically, he’s been paid $5 million per touchdown in Green Bay. I’m pretty sure Seattle made the right move here. Nice to have almost $5 million to spare when you need to extend players like Frank Clark, right?
Graham will never put up the numbers he did in New Orleans unless you throw to him 140 times. I’m pretty sure a lot of tight ends could make the Pro Bowl with that many chances. Graham was the shiny new toy the Seahawks wanted, then realized too late he looked a lot better on the shelf before they got him. The move back to actual tight ends instead of an overgrown wide receiver paid big dividends for Seattle this year.