There has been some rumors circulating around the water cooler that the New Orleans Saints declined an offer from the Oakland Raiders that would have sent the fourth pick in the 2015 NFL draft to the Saints for tight end Jimmy Graham.
Whether we believe those rumors to be true is immaterial. At the end of the day, New Orleans dealt the Pro Bowl tight end to the Seattle Seahawks for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.
Prior to finding out he was headed to the Pacific Northwest, and under the belief he was being dealt to Oakland, the tight end wasn’t too happy.
“Sad” is the term Graham used to describe his state of mind prior to realizing it was Seattle, not Oakland, that had traded for him.
Considering Oakland’s lack of success in recent years (a decade), this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The team just hasn’t been an attractive destination for veterans. By virtue of keeping the fourth pick and selecting former Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, general manager Reggie McKenzie is hoping to turn things around.
Meanwhile, in Seattle, Russell Wilson has a shiny new toy to play with.
The only real question here is why New Orleans would turn down the fourth pick in lieu of the 31st pick and a veteran center. Of course, we will never know if that was actually the case.
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