(WGNO) - We’re less than eight weeks away from regular season football and most Who Dats feel things are looking up with tight end Jimmy Graham on board.
“He’s the best tight end there is, I mean, there numbers don’t lie,” says Saints fan Chris Robinson.
“He’s such a hard player, very strong. I’m glad we have him on our team,” says Saints fan Frederick Wilson.
“He’s the best tight end in the league probably. Not probably he is,” says Saints season ticket holder Jerry Wineski.
Most Saints fans are confident. They are confident the team made the right decision re-signing tight end Jimmy Graham.
His four-year, $40-Million deal includes $21-million guaranteed.
It’s no surprise Graham is taking to Twitter to thank the Who Dat Nation and tweeting: “It’s official I’m bleeding black and gold this morning!”
WGNO Sports Director and the host of Friday Night Football Ed Daniels thinks Grahams shorter deal is a good idea based on where the Saints are as a franchise.
“A lot of times when guys get this kind of money they are not as hungry anymore, and I don’t think that’s going to be Jimmy Graham’s issue, but I do think he’s positioned himself perfectly because in four years not only can the Saints reassess the situation, but he can reassess,” says Daniels, “I think it is very, very smart on his part to understand that this current great run of Payton and Brees is not going to last forever.”
For business owner Mark Channing keeping Graham means more money in his pocket. The phones have been blowing up at Markman Sports Cards and Collectibles with people looking for memorabilia tied to the number 80. Now Channing is just waiting for August to roll around.
“I think the Saints are loaded. When you look at defensively and offensively I think we have the pieces. Who knows? You make the right plays and we could go. It could be awesome,” exclaims Channing.
The deal makes Graham the highest paid tight end in NFL history.