Jimmy Graham not worried about contract
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is in the final season of his rookie contract so naturally his future has become a popular question. He’s easily one of the best tight ends in the game and is lining himself up for a big payday. Most players in his situation would have held out to get his deal now but he hasn’t. Graham’s been a different breed, he simply wants to play, not think about it and focus on today.
“I don’t really think about that,” Graham said over the weekend regarding his contract, via comments distributed by the team. ”I have a lot of pride in the way I play. I have a lot of pride on every down in the game. It doesn’t really matter what’s ahead of me. I focus on today and the next day and trying to make special plays to help this team win.” (ProFootballTalk)
“You know, it’s to each his own,” Graham said when asked about other NFL players who choose to hold out in similar situations. “I’m the type of player that it’s just about football for me.
“You know, I just want to play, man. It’s as simple as that.”(Nola.com)
That’s great to hear from a player and it sounds like Graham is being a standup guy about this. He’s honoring his contract and letting things take care of itself. It’s actually kind of surprising because of how things can fall apart in today’s NFL, just look at Philadelphia Eagles Jeremy Maclin. He was in his contract year and tore his ACL.
If he stays healthy I’m sure he’ll be taken care of. For his sake though, I hope the Saints can work out an extension before camp ends.
Coach Sean Payton seems to realize that something needs to be done.
“I think all that stuff will get taken care of itself,” Payton recently told reporters. ”A lot has been written because he’s coming into [a contract year], but we’ll handle that.”(ProFootballTalk)