Seattle Seahawks: 15 best wide receivers in franchise history
By Lee Vowell
13. Jimmy Graham
I know people won’t like Graham being on this list. Seattle’s 2015 trade of Max Unger and a first-round choice for Graham and a Saints fourth-round pick ended up being awful. Even at the time, it appeared Seattle was being greedy trying to add an offensive piece that they didn’t need to a team coming off back-to-back Super Bowl runs.
Maybe this was the first sign that Seattle was trying to remake the team in the favor of making Russell Wilson happy? The team wanted to move on from Marshawn Lynch-heavy to Wilson throwing the ball more. Possibly. Either way, it was a mistake.
But Graham shouldn’t be to blame for any of that. It isn’t like he didn’t try to be good, he was just coming from a completely different offense than the one he had in New Orleans and one ill-suited to his strengths.
Graham ended up playing three years with the Seahawks and missed only five games, all in his first year with the team. Graham still found a way to rank 17th in receiving yards (2,048) in Seattle history, 10th in touchdown catches (18) and 12th in yards receiving per game (47.6). And let’s be real, Graham was always more of a receiver than a blocking tight end anyway.