The Houston Texans will try to re-sign solid, impending free agent tight end Garrett Graham before free agency starts on the 11th, and other teams can start negotiating with free agents on the 8th (this is the “legal tampering” period). It will be interesting to see how much Graham fetches from the Texans, and it’s clear that teams in need of a tight end will target him as a starter if he hits the open market.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Texans are “working” on a new deal for Graham, and he adds that the Green Bay Packers will have interest in the 27-year-old Wisconsin product if he hits the open market. With Jermichael Finely coming off off a career-threatening neck injury and set to hit the free agent market, Graham could be a nice contingency plan for the Packers. It looks like a solid fit on paper, and Graham would give the Packers a reliable target.
Last season, Graham caught 49 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns after initially flashing solid talent in limited duty in 2012. He isn’t a great player by any means, but he’s solid and would be a nice signing for the Packers. That said, I think the Texans will ultimately keep him, especially since Owen Daniels could be a cap casualty.