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Making the case for Jimmy Graham on the Jets in 2018

By Luis Tirado Jr.
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 09: Tight end Jimmy Graham #88 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates a six yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 9, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 09: Tight end Jimmy Graham #88 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates a six yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 9, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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If tight end Jimmy Graham hits free agency this offseason, the New York Jets must go after him to finally bring in a premier threat at the position.

When it comes to the tight end position of the New York Jets, last season was a step in the right direction. Former offensive coordinator John Morton utilized the positional group and actually used it for much more than just an extra blocker on offense. This time around, with a new offensive coordinator in town, it’s expected the Jets offense will hopefully see some new faces to add more firepower to keep those chains moving.

As far as firepower goes, can one imagine how great of an acquisition potential unrestricted free agent tight end Jimmy Graham would be for the Jets? He would be an instant playmaker capable of scoring touchdowns, making big plays, and push the envelope on offense.

Remember, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is also set to be an unrestricted free agent so there is no guarantee he’ll even be back with the Jets next season. Even so, Graham would easily be an upgrade over him and to be honest, would end up being a key offensive piece for the next two, maybe even three years.

Last year with the Seattle Seahawks, Graham totaled 520 receiving yards, 57 receptions, and 10 touchdowns. While Graham is 31-years-old, he still has a lot of good football left in him. If the Jets were to sign him to a decent deal for at least two years, it would be a wise acquisition since their offense is in dire need of better talent.

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The Jets have a long list of areas to address this offseason and besides their offensive line and quarterback situations, should add another top receiving threat. A player that can make a huge impact in the red-zone and also keep opposing defenses on their toes due to everything they bring to the table.

Overall, if Graham hits the free agency market, there is no doubt he will have a few teams interested in acquiring his services. Hopefully, the Jets put their name in the hat since it would be an opportunity to bring a household name and a tight end that could potentially be one of their biggest free agent acquisition in years.

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