The New Orleans Saints have signed former All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham to a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday.
The deal is reportedly worth $3.5 million, with $1.5 million guaranteed.
Graham, 35, spent the 2022 season out of football after being released by the Seattle Seahawks in September.
He had previously played for the Saints from 2010 to 2014, where he was one of the most productive tight ends in NFL history.
In his five seasons with the Saints, Graham caught 476 passes for 6,000 yards and 56 touchdowns.
He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and a First-Team All-Pro in 2013.
Graham’s return to the Saints is a major boost for an offense that was in need of a receiving threat.
The Saints lost Michael Thomas to free agency in March, and they have not had a consistent deep threat since Brandin Cooks left in 2017.
Graham’s size and athleticism will give the Saints a new dimension in the passing game.
He is a threat to score from anywhere on the field, and he will also be a valuable blocker in the running game.
The Saints are hoping that Graham can help them return to the playoffs in 2023.
They have a talented roster, but they need to find a way to score more points if they want to contend for a championship.
Graham’s addition gives them a much-needed weapon on offense, and it should make them a more dangerous team in 2023.