Saints trade tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle Seahawks

Saints trade tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle Seahawks

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks,

The Saints and Seahawks finalized a trade that sent Graham and a fourth round draft pick to Seattle for offensive lineman Max Unger and a first round pick.

Graham was a prolific target for quarterback Drew Brees. In his five years with the team, he had 51 touchdowns, more receptions and receiving yards than any other tight end in Saints history. Graham has been named to four NFL Pro Bowls and twice All-Pro.

Just last year, after a long debate about his position, Graham inked the largest contract in NFL history for a tight end at four years for $40 million. Graham was due a $5 million roster bonus from the Saints.

The Seahawks had the 31st pick in this year's draft. The Saints have the 13th pick.

The Saints also got a starting center, a position of need, in Unger. He was drafted 49th in the 2009 draft. Unger was part of the Super Bowl two years ago and played in the Super Bowl last year. Unger is a two time Pro Bowler coming off an ankle injury he suffered last season.

Running back Mark Ingram, who just reached a new, four year deal with the Saints tweeted "There are no words." He added emojis of surprised faces.

The Who Dat nation was quick to chime in about the trade.

"He will dunk on our goal and slam it down our throats," Kristine Gangi exclaimed.

But not all fans are disappointed.

"As soon as he got paid last year, he sat on his money and it showed," Jason Santana said.

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