NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The scenario was too perfect. Two seconds left, inside the 15-yard line with a chance to win the game against the team that traded you. If there was ever a time a team needed a 6'7" red zone threat, this was it.
With Drew Brees as his quarterback, there would have been no doubt. Jimmy Graham would have gotten the ball. Or at the very least, he would have been the main target.
With Russell Wilson, Graham wasn't even an option. Wilson hardly looked his way. Instead, he opted for Jermaine Kearse.
The play spoke volumes about where we currently stand a year-and-a-half after the blockbuster trade went down between Seattle and New Orleans that sent Graham out West.
Up until Sunday, I viewed the trade as a toss-up, as neither team has really been that much better because of the move.
But after Sunday, it's officially time to call the Saints the victors in that deal.
I know. I know. Stephone Anthony has regressed and Tyler Lockett was eventually taken after the Seahawks flipped the fourth-rounder the Saints sent them.
Still, the Saints are the winners. Graham was supposed to be the explosive piece to an offense desperate for his athleticism. Max Unger was supposed to solidify the Saints offensive line.
Seven games into their second season with their new respective teams, Unger has been exactly what the Saints hoped he would be. Graham has gone from one of the best tight ends in the game with the Saints to his new quarterback's third option - at best.
And it's not just his injury. That's an easy excuse. Even at full strength, it doesn't appear what Graham does best will ever match the areas where Wilson excels. Graham wasn't much of a factor at any point Sunday with a pedestrian three-catch performance.
As he exited the Superdome Sunday, Graham had earphones in and stared straight ahead in silence as walked past reporters. It's only natural that he had a lot going through his head.
The trade, undoubtedly, still bothers him.
After Sunday's final play in New Orleans, it's easy to see why.