NFL Agent Rips Jimmy Graham's Contract with Bears: 'Did They Watch His Tape?'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2020

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham runs past San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward during the second half of the NFL NFC Championship football game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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The Chicago Bears have been roundly criticized for giving up a draft pick in trading for Nick Foles, but one NFL agent thinks they made another egregious move this offseason.

"Did they watch his tape? That was a shocking contract to me. There's no way anybody else would've offered him that kind of money," the agent told Ben Standig of The Athletic regarding Jimmy Graham's contract.

Graham signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Bears in March. The veteran tight end recorded 38 receptions for 447 yards and three touchdowns in 2019, his worst numbers since his rookie season. Never much of a blocker, Graham's downturn as a receiver led to him receiving a 55.0 grade from Pro Football Focus

Graham has not made an All-Pro team since 2013, turns 34 in November and has topped 60 receptions just once since leaving the New Orleans Saints in 2015. Despite being on the downside of his career, Graham ranks seventh among tight ends in average salary.

While the only guaranteed money in his contract comes in 2020, the Bears paid a premium for a player who might not even be an average starter at his position anymore.

The same can be said for their trade for Foles, who cost the Bears a fourth-round pick and will make $24 million over the next three years. The Bears could have had Jameis Winston or Cam Newton, who are both objectively better quarterbacks, to smaller deals without giving up a pick.

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Suffice it to say the Bears have had some NFL front offices scratching their heads in 2020.

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